Trinidad Gets Ready For Triangular Soccer

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, October 6.— (from our correspondent)— In a match regarded in the nature as a trial for the forthcoming Intercolonial Triangular Soccer series, the pick of football teams in the North of Trinidad met and defeated by a three goals to one margin, a formidable South Trinidad eleven, before the Grand Stand at the Queen's Park Savannah on Saturday.

The match was really the annual North-South classic for the Red Cross cup, but all the players fully appreciated that their performances were closely watched by the Trinidad soccer selectors, having the Triangular Soccer Series uppermost in their minds.

The match brought a personal triumph for Phil Doughlin, inner-left for the North combination, who in a masterly exhibition netted two goals, and was virtually the "brains" of the attacking line.

Doughlin, who plays for Malvern in club football, just missed coming to Jamaica last year, being nosed out by Andy Ganteaume and Rex Burnett for this position on the Trinidad side. Experts here believe that Doughlin has established himself as the Colony's ablest inside left and that he is a cinch to earn his Trinidad cap in the Triangular series.

Ganteaume, who has only played matches since his return from the United States with George Headley's team, has lost none of his cunning, but his physical condition is not all that it should be.

Rex Burnett, who was on the Trinidad team to Jamaica last year, and the island's leading inside left up to last season, will have to put in some sterling performances if he is to retain the vital inside left position on the Trinidad attacking line.


In the goal Jamaica and Barbados are almost certain to see no less a person than Joseph Gonsalves, who campaigned in both those colonies, and is still beyond question Trinidad's best goalkeeper. Randolph Merritt, second only to Gonsalves beneath the uprights, and who has already secured his Trinidad cap, is in brilliant form and will be standing by in case anything goes amiss with Gonsalves.

Jamaica would not see their old friend Pryor Jones in action, as the West Indian fast bowler has been medically advised to take things easily. Jones, who captained Trinidad teams in British Guiana, Barbados and Jamaica, will not be playing any football this season. Although Ian Seale has measured up to Jones' calibre in the all-important pivotal position, the Trinidad team as a whole, and the forwards in particular will greatly miss Jones' spoon fed passes, and the mighty bulwark of defence he builds up behind them.

Seale is a very constructive player himself, and is famous for the attacking game he plays at centre half. He is sure to be Pryor's successor at pivot.

Sensational surge to the forefront of the Malvern side which came from the ranks of second class soccer to capture the Football Association in 1946, has assured them of more than honourable representation on the Trinidad eleven for the test series.


Already this season the Malvernites have been unbeaten to date, sweeping through the first round of the first league series to win all eight of their engagements. In the North-South match on Saturday, Malvern sported four men on North's attacking line, and also one of the wing halves. Experts here feel that it would not come as any surprise if the selectors were to call upon the accurate and fast moving Malvern front line to play for Trinidad against B.G. and Jamaica next month.

Maple is the only club in the history of Trinidad soccer to gain the signal honour of getting five places on a Trinidad representative football eleven.

Already Malvern is assured of getting their speedy left winger Lio Lynch, clever inside left Phil Doughlin and the sensational and unpredictable C. "Putty" Lewis, right winger, on the Trinidad line-up.

Both Lewis and Lynch played for Trinidad in Jamaica last year.

For the centre forward and inner-right positions Malvern has a dashing opportunist in Fido Blake and Carlton Hinds respectively.

But there are other claimants to these positions, and the question of form at the correct moment will most likely be the deciding factor. St. Mary's College Peter Nicholson, a prefect at that institution, has been turning in some classy performances as leader of the attacking line, and stands a very good chance of gaining his Trinidad cap next month. It has been agreed on all sides that there has been a definite improvement in the standard of football displayed to date this season, thanks to the coaching lessons given our boys by Mr. Charles Bulger, English soccer coach specially brought down by the ruling Trinidad Amateur Football Association to help uplift the standard of soccer in the island generally.

Playing at home in any game Trinidadians have been known to be extremely hard to beat. Jamaica may be well warned, and that goes for British Guiana too, that they will be opposing a Trinidad eleven as formidable as it could be, and one that is prepared to go all out to defend the Colony's prestige at home.