Trinidad tour was necessary, useful —Bunny McLean

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Jamaica Gleaner

Under-20 soccer team home

JAMAICA UNDER 20 footballers and three officials returned to the island yesterday morning from Trinidad, after completing a series of matches against the Trinidad under 20 team.

Although losing all their matches and the Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Cup to the Trinidadians, Bunny McLean, President of the Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association and head of the delegation told the Gleaner that the tour was a very necessary and useful one. He said "we have gauged the standard of the Trinidad side and we are looking forward to the forth coming Concacaf tournament which will take place in Jamaica early next year."

Bad field

Mr. McLean said Jamaica's usual short passing game was hampered due to the bad condition of the Queen's Park Oval ground which had very high grass, and this contributed a great deal to Jamaica losing.

He said the Trinidad side was a good one with talented individuals, but they were not as strong in the middle as the Jamaicans were.

He also referred to a statement by the Trinidad Press that goalkeeper Leslie Lucas was sent off the field by the referee in the first match as incorrect and the truth was that Lucas having been injured after colliding with one of the Trinidadian forwards, asked the referee's permission to leave the field, but the way in which this permission was granted seemed as if he was asked by the referee to leave the field.

Sunday's match which was the last played by the team was the best match of the tournament, and Mr McLean commended the Jamaican side who was unfortunate to lose due to some goalkeeeper error, Both sides, he said, played all out and this was the reason why so many goals wer socred.

Skipper Delroy Scott,m Alan Cole, Allie McNab, Hector Pinnock, Michael Vernon and Neville Oxford, Mr. McLean said were the most impressive players on the tour.

Summing up Mr. McLean said that the discipline of the Jamaican team was very high and all the boys have decided to undergo serious training for the coming Concacaf Tournament.