Jamaicans edge North-East side

Author: 
Alva Ramsay
Date Published: 
1958-05-07
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
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DULL PLAY MARKS SECOND MATCH OF SOCCER TOURNAMENT IN TRINIDAD
LONE GOAL BY ALEXANDER IN FIFTIETH-MINUTE
MARSDEN CHEN HURT

PORT OF SPAIN, May 6:

TOWARD the end of a dull and uninspiring display, Jamaica secured the lone goal by which they defeated North-East eleven at Queen's Park Oval this afternoon, in the second game of their Trinidad tour.

Their captain, Franz Alexander, in the 50th minute followed a lobbed free kick, taken near the half line by Karl Largie and pushed it into the goal, as the out rushing goalie mistimed the flight.

Tragedy struck Jamaica however, as shortly before the goal, Marsden Chen who played an excellent game at left half, went down in a tackle and had to be taken to Hospital.

But X-ray revealed that Chen's foot was not broken. There is merely a slight contusion and he will be able to play on Sunday in the second "Test", if he is needed.

MAIN TROUBLE

A crowd estimated at 6,000 were disappointed as the Jamaican van failed to click, although Ken East over the ball continued to please.

The main trouble is with our flank's Bob Miret at outside right seemed to lack that speed on the turn so necessary in that position. However, he could have been tried more often.

As it was, Bobby Williams at outer left was well worked with fair results, except that our one-sided pressure on the wingers was unable to prise open the defence often enough.

Once again the inside men, Anthony Hill and Sydney Bartlett, were clever and elusive, but time and again they failed to shuttle across that vital early pass to East or each other, so that the defence had time to rally and cover.

In the first half Jamaica kicked down, and for a spell the ball ran kindly for us. Three corners were forced with East cracking a couple of first-timers, goalwards.

Then disaster nearly overtook Jamaica as Murphy ran out and punched a lobbed pass on to the feet of Meggard who just missed the open goal as he shot first time.

Again Jamaica pressed, albeit listlessly, then Hill winged to Williams who centred to East for the latter to shoot, forcing Burnett to make a fine save.

Then North-East defence gradually relieved the pressure, however, and Murphy was forced to save twice once foiling a dangerous move begun by inside right Balbos and finished by Hodge cutting in from the left wing.

SECOND HALF

The second half found North-East on the attack but then were beaten off. Jamaica left back Lowe sent away Williams with a long pass. Williams crossed to Hill who, however, never elaborated and thus had his shot easily saved.

North-East brought off two strong raids, in one of which Chen was hurt. After a break though, he seemed the last man between the opposing forwards and Murphy. Hodge fell on top of him and he had to be carried off.

An exchange of raids followed, then a free kick in midfield from which Jamaica's goal came.

The Jamaicans travel South on Thursday for a match with the powerful South Trinidad team at Apex grounds, then return for the second 'Test' at Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

Jamaica's team today was Murphy, Chevannes, Lowe, Largie, Alexander, Chen, Miret, Hill, East, Bartlett and Williams.