BG hold Jamaica to 2-all draw

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Jamaica Gleaner

Defence blunders prove costly to both teams


JAMAICA looked the winners after the first 15 minutes of the soccer match against British Guiana on windy Queen's Park Oval Cricket Ground here today, but a blundering defence let in two Guianese goals for a two-all draw to a scrappy opener of the quadrangular tournament.

A crowd of 6,000, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Carl La Corbiniere, and the Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Frank Ricketts, saw Jamaica snatch the lead in the first half through centre forward East who collecting unmarked, draw out the opposing goalkeeper and placed the ball into the far corner.

Inside of five minutes right winger Wong made it two by lobbing gently into the goal from which the British Guiana keeper, Devonish, had unaccountably wandered.

Then it happened. Two Guianese goals:

British Guiana raced through and their right winger took a tame shot which Jamaica's left back Lewis headed powerfully into his own goal from just inside the penalty area, completely beating the advancing Williams.

For a moment the Jamaica defence was in hopeless confusion, and British Guiana got their second goal through centre forward Pieters almost on the goal line.

Further catastrophe struck Jamaica shortly before half time, when stopper Tappin centre half was so badly injured that he limped off, never to return and Scott replaced him.

The score at the interval was two all, and there was little to the second half, except for flashes of good play by the Guianese forwards and the heroic defence by full back Chevannes, who handled with sureness of tackle and clearances the tough assignment of holding the cleverest Guianese forward, tall left wing Weithers, whos dribbling was one of the highlights of the game.


The Guianese display was magnificient, considering that twelve members of the 15-man side arrived here today, only six hours before the match.

They began briskly, forcing four corners in the first ten minutes, but the roving play of their centre half encouraged East to split their defence time and again and was responsible for Jamaica scoring the first two goals.

The Guianese depended on speed to hold the Jamaicans who were superior in team work and they got further assistance when East had to be taken off on a stretcher with a leg injury at the start of the second part. East returned after eight minutes but did not display his early drive and confidence.

Yet the fact remains, that the Guianese would have won had not their right winger Bourne been so hopelessly off form. He could not even kick the corners properly.

Williams gave a splendid goal keeping display, making the grandest save of the match with a full length dive in the second half to stop a swift grounder from inside right Bledman.

The Jamaica half line was steady and the forwards combined well but the attack needs more punch and less dependence on East to make goal scoring opportunities and to score goals.

The teams were, JAMAICA: Williams, Chevannes, Lewis, Raymond, Tappin, Largie, Wong, Bartlett, East, Parker, Williams.

BRITISH GUIANA: Devonish, Medonca, Brathwaite, Green, Hope, Stewart, Bourne, Bledman, Pieters, Julian, Weithers.