Curacao Routs Trinidad

Date Published: 
1947-03-14
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
14

Back Home, Richardson Describes Our Football

"Daily Gleaner" Correspondent, Port-of-Spain, March 11—Richardson, manager of the Trinidad soccer side which recently toured Jamaica, told me that the standard of club soccer in Trinidad was on a higher level than that in Jamaica; Trinidad owes much credit for its success in Jamaica to Malvern's clever left winger Lio Lynch; and that above all the tour was a most enjoyable one.

Mr. Richardson told me that one thing that struck him forcibly was the fact that the standard of football shown by the Jamaica representative team was immeasurably higher than that displayed by their club sides.

In the first colony match Trinidad did very well to hold Jamaica to a draw, for the visitors were obviously puzzled by the "W" formation tactics used by the home team. This formation, he asserted was taught them by Major Allen, ex-Scottish amateur, and skipper of the Jamaica eleven.

Hard Ground.

The hardness of the ground was a source of worry to the visiting players, but the team was told to forget the ground and play the game.

When Trinidad got accustomed to the ground and conditions on the whole, they brought heavy pressure to bear on the Jamaicans. The forwards, moreso, were the ones affected by the cast iron Sabina ground, and after each match sported sore shins and blistering feet.

By the time the fourth colony game was reached Trinidad became accustomed to the ground and the boys showed improved form.

IDEAL CONDITIONS

In the fifth and final colony match, Trinidad met ideal conditions. Rain had fallen about two hours before the match and softened the ground up a bit, but it was by no means a slushy ground. Trinidad playing splendid soccer went on to give Jamaica the biggest defeat in its soccer history.

In Mr. Richardson's opinion right half Walters was the most outstanding player on the Jamaican representative side. He praised Walters' speed and almost perfect control of the sphere. He said that the refereeing in the game was generally good, but it appeared to him that the recognised diagonal system was not used.

Asked about the "short time" incident in one of the the matches, Mr. Richardson refrained from comment.

Mr. Richardson told me that Major Allen was of the opinion that Trinidad had better material to work on than Jamaica.

Curacao Wins.

Mr. Richardson said that the Trinidad team went on to Curacao and lost the two matches played there 3-0 and 4-0. Ground conditions there were nothing short of terrible. The ground was a dirt one near to the sea, from where a consistent strong breeze swept across the field. Added to this the Trinidad players were nursing sore feet and pulled muscles in Curacao. Nevertheless the Dutchmen were a very clever lot.