The Day's Play

Author: 
G. St. C. Scotter
Date Published: 
1947-02-11
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
14

YESTERDAY'S MATCH against St. George's posed two interesting problems to Jamaica, who are naturally very keen on being able to repel this powerful Trinidad football invasion.

The first problem was—did Trinidad play her first team against the Schools on Saturday, and her second team against St. George's yesterday.

To answer this, we would have to take the team one by one—is Jeff Stollmeyer a better right winger than Lewis—is Prior Jones a better centre half than Seales; is Dopson a better back than Simmonds?

On two of these questions there can be only one answer—Dopson is one of the best backs Jamaica has seen from any country for many years; Stollmeyer is certainly better than Lewis on the two days plays as we have seen it.

On the question of their centre half, the key position of the team, this is something Trinidad will have to settle for herself: both Jones and Seales are so good that all Jamaica can say is "I wish I had either of them".

Trinidad will probably settle this argument to-morrow by playing both of these fine halves, one on the wing, and the other in the centre; and they are lucky enough to have, in McLean, another wing half who is worth his position on any team I know.

This will give the invaders one of the best half lines I have ever seen in this country—and, on top of that, with Dopson again in the right back position, and possibly a shift in their goalie, a really top class defence.

The Problem.

So that Jamaica are now left to solve the second question—is Jamaica's forward line, fast and clever as it is, able to score more goals against this really formidable defence than Trinidad's best forward line can score against our undoubtedly weak defence?

The partial answer to this we shall see to-morrow, but this will not be the total answer; for whatever may be the result of to-morrow's first Colony Match, Jamaica will still be able to shift her team for the remaining Colony Matches; while we have already seen the best, and the worst, of the Trinidad's side—although there does not seem to be much worst.

How The Game Went

One thing was clearly show in yesterday's play, that Delgado at left back, already chosen for Jamaica—is not, on present form, as good as the schoolboy back Hamilton—in fact, he had such a bad day yesterday that it will be somewhat embarrassing for the Selection Committee to still keep him in the line-up.

The really only outstanding player on the Dragon's side yesterday was Binns in goal; but this hardly helps the Colony, since we have plenty of really good goalies.

The game followed two distinct courses—with a rather wet ground and heavy ball, in the first half Trinidad were so much better on ball control in mid-field, that when St. George's forward line did get the ball they were completely out of position and had no idea what to do with it.

In this period, the inability of Trinidad's inside forwards to get through and register was shown again, as it was on Saturday, and it remained to that very dangerous forward, Ken Galt, to once again put them on the book—this time with one of the cleverest shots I have seen—he was actually facing away from the Jamaica goal, when he received the pass from Lynch on the left wing, instead of putting it back to the same wing, or passing it inside, as any goalie would have expected, Ken hooked it over his head into the far corner of the net leaving the goalie completely out of position.

After this, Beard got a nice goal, with a strong direct shot, and then, to the great delight of the crowd, Lynch, who was playing a magnificent game at outside left, cut in and got one on his own.

Best Converts.

At this stage, 3-nil, it looked as if the visitors were having it all their own way, but one of the rapid surprise movements for which the Dragons are always famous resulted in Ricketts (curiously enough being played at outside left although he is Jamaica's selected left half), putting in a nice centre which Best converted easily.

Greatly encouraged by this, the Winchester Park boys really started to play football, their forward line, for the first time in the match, working together and playing in position and the result was another goal from good combination between the insides, with McMorris finishing it off.

This left things pretty tense and they got tenser still, when Best missed an open goal off a fumble by Trinidad's keeper.

Trinidad's half line then settled down to business again, and dominated play for the rest of the match; with Lynch, [illegible] the start of the game, again cutting in for a beautiful shot which would have beaten any goalie.

The Players.

On the visiting side Lynch, Seales, McLean were outstanding, and Ken Galt, as centre forward, will need a lot of watching in any of the Colony Matches; for St. George's, Hall, Best and Binns in goal, were the only players who really lived up to Dragons' standards.

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Play In Trinidad's Area During 2nd. Half