Haitian Tour Of Trinidad Footballers

Author: 
Joclyn McCalla
Date Published: 
1949-04-30
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
10

5—0 defeat in final test.
Correspondent's views on chances of Jamaica.

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, April 26—Haiti overwhelmed Trinidad this afternoon by the score of five goals to none, to draw the series of Test matches. It was Haiti from the start until the finish, and the score could have been more one-sided.

There were five changes in Trinidad's team — Merrit in goal, Husbands, right back, Bolden, right half, Smith and Lovelace, wingers. Munroe came over to the centre forward position.

Haiti's team was their best combination so far. They strengthened the half line by shifting Bonaventure to the left, brought in King on the right and Deroseau in the centre. This half line was the mainstay of Haiti's team as they were always in position to send away their forwards.

THE PLAY

From the start it was seen that Trinidad was not up to the same standard of the previous games, and Haiti was definitely on top. Their forward line was combining nicely, and attack and attack again was only repulsed by the defense to bring them once more in the goal area. Fifteen minutes after the start Haiti was ahead with a low shot scored by Tassy, who repeated twice more before the whistle went for the half-time. Sporadic raids by Trinidad were stopped outside the penalty area by Mews, the keeper, who came way out to clear by kicking.

On resuming, Haiti was awarded a penalty. Tassy was held about six yards from goal and prevented from scoring, and Haiti was four up. Tassy made it five goals to nil by a lovely long shot which curved away from the keeper, and the game ended with Haiti the winner by five goals to nil.

FAST AND ROUGH

The game was very fast, and at times rough. Haiti was definitely the better side. Mews keeping was a feature of the game, by coming away out, he always got to the long centre passes which beat the backs, before the opposing forwards. Haiti's centre line was exceedingly good, and did not allow either the Trinidad halves or forwards to remain in possession of the ball for any length of time. Their forwards were always on the ball, and operated quite at will before their opponent's goal. Tassy relieved of playing as a fourth half, was quite the Tassy of old, and accounted for all the goals scored. Trinidad was a tired side, and on account of slight injuries and weariness, had to make several changes in their team—none of the changes were up to the standard of those they replaced. Espinal was badly needed on the forward line; their half line, was not able to attack and the wingers made very little of several fine opportunities. Hines, the inside right, was the only player who was always trying hard on the forward line.

Before I knew the formation of Trinidad's team, for today's match. I predicted that the most they could expect would be a draw, as this was the balanced Haitian team that they would meet, and even if Trinidad was up to full strength, Haiti would still have won, if not by so large a score.

TRINIDAD TEAM

It would appear that apart from the eleven players that played in the two previous matches, the seven reserves are not up to the same standard, consequently the team against strong competition and playing three test matches a week, will not be able to clinch the series. They
depend very much on long passes down the centre just between the backs, relying on the speed of their centre forward, Espinal. Their passing is accurate, and their shooting adequate. Their defence can be pierced easily. If they are allowed to play their own game they are very dangerous, but if they are tackled constantly and hustled Jamaica can beat them and by very good scores.

The Haitian teams that they played are not up to the standard of the team that came to Jamaica last year due to injuries of five of their best players. Although the same team lost to Trinidad at Port of Spain twice, bear in mind that they had already played eight consecutive matches before losing their last two.

A TIRED TEAM

Trinidad will be a tired team when they arrive in Jamaica, for the games played here have been hard ones. I expect them to go all out for the first test, hoping to coast in the second and draw the third test. The Jamaica team that beat Haiti last year, even if they have not improved, should be able to hold them in the first test, and if they do so, they will win the other two. If they have improved over their performance of last year they should win by appreciable scores and avenge the two six goals to nothing losses.

The Trinidad team have shown themselves to be sportsmen both on and off the field, and they will be leaving here with the satisfaction that unofficially they have won the series, as both the public and the newspapers are agreed that the first Test was won by them, but lost by the referee's unfortunate decision.

My best wishes for Jamaica's success.