IT IS NOT YET time for Jamaica to feel satisfied about the standard of our football. The Kingston College team and then the Under-19 squad defeated the Trinidad All-Colleges 2-1 on Tuesday and Thursday nights last week, but the visitors were not outclassed, and indeed were unlucky to lose to the Under 19s. Last night the Trinidadians avenged the first night defeat by K.C. with a well merited victory. This shows that the standard of our Schoolboy football is not as good as so many people seem to think.
In the first match, the visitors playing on the Stadium ground for the first time, were outplayed by K.C., but in the second game obviously now more at home the Trinidadians did creditably well.
It is true that the Under-19 team played without three of our top teenaged footballers, Lloyd McLean, David Sanrulnetti and Delroy Scott, who have all represented the island in the World Cup and so are not eligible for the Juvenile soccer championships set for Trinidad in March. But nevertheless we are not as far ahead of the other Caribbean countries as many have been thinking recently.
The Trinidadians played the old style WM formation while we used the more modern 4-2-4, but individually they have players as fine as we have. Everald Cummings, the hardworking inside left, not only carries the ball well but also he packs a dangerous right foot shot and Kenny Josephs their bustling inside right was always dangerous.
Although the Trinidadian forwards used the ball well and the defence tackled hard I thought that in the employment of the short pass when necessary our defence was superior, theirs tended to use the lone clearance at all times.
The Jamaicans are a better-trained team and if any superiority exists this is where it lies because individually the Trinidadians were as good as we were.