Jamaica take lead in CONCACAF tourney

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Jamaica Gleaner

Draw 1-1 With Trinidad

Jamaica took the sole lead in the elimination round of the CONCACAF football tournament at the National Stadium last night with a close 1:1 draw with Trinidad and Tobago.

Until five minutes from the end the visitors seemed certain of victory and then in a flash, inside left Asher Welsh capitalized on a misunderstanding between Trinidad's goalkeeper Mouttet and left back Jan Steadman and pushed the ball into an open goal to send the 17,000-strong crowd wild with joy. They rushed on to the field to congratulate Asher, and held up the match for three minutes.

The outcome was rather fortunate for Jamaica except for the period after they equalized, they never looked like a winning team.

Throughout the whole first half Trinidad had the better of play and mid-field was completely theirs as local linkmen Arthur Cameron and Lloyd McLean had a bad night. The forwards were trying but Oscar Black on the left wing was a sorry sight.

On the hunt

Meanwhile the Trinidad defence headed, by Hugh Mulzac were quick on the tackle and fed their forwards with passes, resulting in a lot of work for Jamaican keeper Vester Constantine.

However, Jamaica managed to keep the score at 0-0 for the first half.

One minute after the start of the second half Trinidad's outside left Warren Archibald hit home Trinidad's goal from a square pass.

This goal set the Trinidadians on the hunt for the clincher but the Jamaican defence held out although they were not too accurate in their passing.

The minutes ticked on with Jamaica trying attacks mainly on the right wing through outside right Neville Oxford. They had a few breaks there and also on the left wing but could not get through the Trinidad defence.

Then when it seemed that they were destined for a defeat a long throw from Vester Constantine found Steadman and Welsh on the ball. Steadman tried to find his goalkeeper but the ball hit against Mouttet and deflected to Welsh who tapped into an empty goal.

(For full report please turn to Page 20.)