Faulty Shooting Balks Carib Bid To Beat Pegasus

Date Published: 
1959-10-19
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
12

LONDON, Oct. 17:

IF the West Indian tourists had been able to keep the ball down instead of constantly ballooning it over the bar they could well have shocked this combined Oxford-Cambridge University side Pegasus, at Oxford today instead of losing 3-1.

Once again the tourists were also guilty of not showing enough cohesion although several men shone as individuals—particularly inside forwards Bartlett and Haynes.

In the first half, both sets of forwards were unable to keep the ball down in front of the goal. Corneal playing on the left wing did make two fine solo efforts in quick succession when he burst through the Pegasus defence, but each time his acute angles shots flashed right across the home goal.

The Caribbean defence often looked suspect as the back played too square and too far upfield. But Pegasus did not take advantage and instead of pushing the ball down the middle kept it on the wings.

FIRST GOAL

Pat Gomez turned in a goal-keeping display well up to his own high standards. His handling of the ball in dealling with the many high centres and shot was faultless. So was his positioning. In the first half he never once had to dive for a shot.

In the second half, Pegasus lowered their sights a bit and after Wilson had brought Gomez to his knees with a 35 yard drive the Pegasus inside left opened the scoring in the 57th minute.

He had only to tap the ball past the helpless Gomez, trying desperately to recover after by punching the ball away.

Five minutes later, Pegasus centre forward Bushell scored the second from ten yards. It was laid on by rightwinger Randle, who for one, had got the better of the Caribbean left back Braithwaite, who had marked him closely all afternoon.

Another fine run by Corneal almost brought a goal for the Caribs, his shot narrowly missing the post.

Then the West Indies were awarded a penalty after Pegasus centre half Saunders had handled the ball.

Centre forward Ken East made no mistake with his spot kick.

Right winger Randle notched a third for Pegasus, and despite constant pressure for the last quarter of an hour by the West Indies there was no more scoring.

THE TEAMS

PEGASUS: F. Skelton, J. Dougall, E. J. Harrison, P. Hancock, B. F. Saunders, M. J. Theobald, B. J. Randle, G. Scanton, M. J. Bushell, D. Wilson, L. Meil.

CARIBBEAN F.A. XI: P. Gomez, W. Rodriquez, H. Braithwaite, K. Largie, M. Hope, E. Aleong, L. Leggard, R. E. Haynes, K. East, S. Bartlett, A. Corneal.