KC, San Fernando clash in feature match

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Jamaica Gleaner

International Schoolboy Football At Stadium Today

San Fernando v Kingston College

A 14-MAN squad of footballers from San Fernando Technical Institute, the leading soccer team in Trinidad for the past three seasons, arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday morning and will confront Kingston College in a 90-minute tussle at the National stadium this afternoon. Kick off time is 4.30 o'clock.

This game which is a the feature of a double-header promoted by the Kingston College Old Boys' Association will be preceded by a 2.30 clash between Jamaica College and Vere Technical High School.

The visitors, after being met on arrival by the President of the Kingston College Old Boys' Association and Mr. George Thompson former National Coach and a KC Old Boy, expressed confidence through their manager-coach Mr. Phillibert Lewis.

He said that they were triple champions for the past three seasons in Trinidad having won the Barclays KO, The College Championships KO and the League title on each occasion. The Barclays KO is equivalent to the local Olivier Shield clash where rural champions meet city champions to decide overall schoolboy champions. Continuing, he said that although not starting the season impressively they had every intention of making it four straight.

This welcome influx of foreign teams to play here is undoubtedly picking up the slack brought about by the suspension of all the major schoolboy competition for the second year running. This afternoon's happening is the first of two being put on by the KCOBA; the other being the visit of Manchester United Under-20 team scheduled for November.

San Fernando team which hails from the southern part of Trinidad is a well balanced one, with their skipper Winston Hackett being the top striker. The coach referred to him as the top forward among schoolboys at present and said the he has recently been called to the national squad. With their forward line being a reputable one and the accent therefore on goals, an interesting battle is in the offing between Hackett and the Kingston College stalwart defender, centre half Dedrine Escofferey. Skipper Escofferey should get all the support he needs from the consistent Charles Headlam uin their attempt to shackle the Fernando frontline and feed the necessary passes to strikers Michael Murray, Bingham, Bartlett and Brown.

The Trinidadians, who live in at the Olympia Hotel were quite impressive during workouts at the National Stadium yesterday afternoon as they got the feel of the turf. They were originally scheduled to fly out tomorrow but Monday being a holiday back home they are keen to have a second game in Jamaica. Plans are being made for this against a club team.

Jamaica College will no doubt try to make it two straight when they take on Vere in the opener. They edged KC by the odd goal on Saturday last and will enhance their claim to be the best of the teams on display this season if they take care of Vere who have ruled rural competitions since 1965.

THE TEAMS will be chosen from: San Fernando:— Winston Hackett, Frank Whittingham, Michael Niewesti, Samuel Balroop, Patrick Reid, Johnathan Willis, Keith Anthony, Junior Sergeant, Michael Maurice, Juniro Carthy, Eric Butto, Wayne Boyd, Hollis Woods, and Vincent Pugh.

KINGSTON COLLEGE:— Donovan Haynes, Dedrine Escofferey, Clive Plummer, Charles Headlam, Leroy Dias, Lorne Donaldson, Michael Thompson, Agustos Bingham, Michael Murray, Patrick Marshall and Balford Reid, A. Wallace and M. Bartlett.

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The San Fernando squad on arrival at Norman Manley International Airport yesterday morning. Standing (L-R) Keith Anthony, Junior Sergeant, Michael Maurice, Mr. Phillibert Lewis (manager, coach), Junior Carthy, Eric Butto, Wayne Boyd, Hollis Woods and Vincent Pugh. In front (L-R) Frank Whittingham, Michael Blewesti, Samuel Balroop, Patrick Reid, Winston Hackett (Capt.) and Johnathan Willis; (top photo) AT RIGHT: Manager-Coach Mr. Phillibert Lewis keeps an eye on the boys as they go through a training session at the Stadium in the afternoon.