Soccer tournament ends tonight

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Jamaica Gleaner


SELECTORS of the Jamaica Football Association have brought back Noel Tappin at outside right and outside left Clovis McLean for tonight's final match of the three-game soccer series against Trinidad, at Sabina Park. Play starts at 8 o'clock.

To make way for Tappin and McLean, the selectors dropped newcomer Elvin Schloss, the surprise selection who was centre forward in the first two games, and Aubrey Lowe, who played in the outside left position on Saturday night.

Ted Ansell goes to the centre forward position, where he usually plays. This strengthens the centre and is expected to give the home side a better finish.

The match promises to be a thriller as it is anticipated that Trinidad will fight tooth and nail to gain victory and end the series 1-2 losers.

Jamaica won the first two matches 2-0 and 1-0, respectively.

The Trinidad forwards have so far not been able to get many near shots at goal for the reason that they have not yet hit upon a plan of beating the defence, which has up to ow been the main strength of the Jamaica team.


Long shots tried by the Trinidadians have been easily handled by goalkeeper Selvyn Murphy, but these are always dangerous, as Trinidad keeper "Cax" Baptiste learnt against DCLI last Wednesday, the visitors' chances of scoring therefore seem to rest with shots from outside the area.

The Jamaica team is: Selvyn Murphy (goal), Walter Chevannes (right back), Bill Gentles (left back), Karl Largie (right half), Ken Hamilton (centre half), Frankie Lewis (left half), Noel Tappin (outside right), Anthony Hill (inside right), Ted Ansell (centre forward), Franz Alexander, capt. (inside left), Clovis McLean (outside left).

Captain Delbert Charleau returned to the Trinidad XI on Saturday night, and if he takes the field again the team should be:

Rawlins Baptiste (goal), Arthur Belgrave (right back), Dennis Turton (left back), Delbert Charleau (right half), Noel Daniel (centre half), Frank Gamaldo (left half), Son Baptiste (outside right), Val Turton (inside right), Carlton Franco (centre forward), John McVorran (inside left), Dennis Thomas (outside left).

The Hon. Dr. Eric Williams and the Hon. Grantley Adams. Chief Ministers of Trinidad and Barbados respectively, will be at tonight's game and after the match, will hand the Standard Life Assurance Trophy to the captain of the Jamaica team, and medals to players of both sides.

Prior to the start, players will be introduced to Mr. Adams.

Referee Gibson will do the game and will be assisted on the lines by referees Gilmore Delgado and Ken Chaplin.

Music will be played before the game and during half time by the Special Constabulary Band.