B. G. Beats Trinidad In First Intercolonial Match

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Jamaica Gleaner

(Special cable to the "Gleaner" from our Trinidad correspondent)
(Gleaner copyright, 1947)

PORT OF SPAIN, November 4: British Guiana defeated Trinidad by 2 goals to one in the first Test Game of the Triangular Series this afternoon, thus becoming the first outside team, since the Venezuelans, to subdue Trinidad on her own home ground. Venezuela accomplished this feat more than a decade ago.

Turning in a stunning upset, the British Guiana footballers thoroughly deserved the triumph, as they had the better of the game.

In the dying stages the dying stages of the match Trinidad fought back with characteristic gameness, but the Guianese fullbacks, DaSilva and Small, particularly brought off some spectacular clearances.

The game was played with amazing speed throughout on a nice hard ground, in a stinging sun, before a crowd estimated at 10,000.

His Excellency the Governor, Sir John Shaw, K.C.M.G., witnessed the match.

During the first five minutes of play, White, playing at centre forward, muffed a golden opportunity of scoring through an open B. G. goal post, when left-winger Lynch, winged a lofty pass, which the custodian outran and missed. White running to, shot wide.

The Trinidad forwards never got such an opportunity again.

British Guiana led Trinidad one nil at the end of the first stanza, inner-left Thomas finding the nets with a one-timer corner kick off Van Genderen.

Second Half

The Trinidad centre-half Ian Seale, brought the crowd to their toes when he hit the cross bar with a free kick that had the goalie bewildered.

The British Guiana forward line, moved with precision. Van Genderen, Harris, Smith were outstanding. Trinidad left-winger Leo Lynch alone distinguished himself with credit in the Trinidad front line, which may be drastically changed to meet Jamaica on Saturday.

Nurse saved brilliantly for British Guiana.

Trinidad secured their lone goal from a penalty kick, converted, White bringing the equalizer, but a fatal mistake made by full-back Gerry Parsons, spliced the ball into his own goal, which gave the Guianese the odd goal for victory.

Trinidad played Gonsalves, Parsons, Dopson, Charlowe; Seale; Winn, Lynch; Ganteaume; White; Douglas and Baird.

Demerara played Nurse, DaSilva, Small; Pollard; Parkes; McCleggan; Van Genderen; Harris, Smith, Thomas and DeSouza.

Warrant Officer Ewin refereed.