Furness Win League

Date Published: 
1972-12-24
Source: 
Tapia
Page: 
5

THEY say that things never work out as one would wish. But by winning Laventille's Liverpool League, Furness has show that they sometimes do.

Furness played a large hand in the clearing and marking of the mini-football field situated just off Erica Street. The members of the team are all from "the Hole" as Upper Erica Street is called and they were all close friends of Oliver Edmund who crashed to his death in an aeroplane.

The League was organised during the emotional outburst that followed Edmund's death and it couldn't be more fitting that Oliver's team-mates should have the first lien on the League trophy.

A large crowd, two weeks ago, saw Furness hold the star-studded "36 Blues" to a 1-1 draw, thereby doing all they had to do to win the League. Furness deserved to win because their hustling tactics prevented "36 Blues" from displaying the brand of all-round skills that has caused them to be the most highly-touted side in the League.

DIFFICULT GAME

The entire team must take credit for the victory, but surely a special word of commendation is due to Donnie Bain who was magnificent in goal, Leslie "See-wah-wah" Barton who was a rock in defence, and Junior Mayers who was constantly trying the goal and who rocketed a powerful right footer past the "Blues" goal-keeper early in the first half. When "Blues" equalised nearing the end of the first half, the pundits predicted that "coming down" "Blues" would swamp Furness. This was not to be for the Furness defence took everything the "Blues" forwards had to offer.

Perhaps the vociferousness of the Furness supporters had something to do with unsettling "Blues" but all that's in the game. A word of commendation must also go out to the referee Winston Fraser who was cool and courageous in handling what was a difficult game.