Regiments clash tonight

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Jamaica Gleaner

CONCACAF tourney enters 2nd week

TAKING the Stadium field tonight at 7.00 will be the army teams in the Caribbean section of the CONCACAF Inter-Club football tournament, Jamaica Regiment and Trinidad Regiment to do battle in the seventh match of the tourney.

To the winners of the tourney — now in its second week — goes the beautiful Albany Trophy, donated by Machado. At present Jong Colombia of the Netherland Antilles seem well set to take this trophy as they lead with five points from three matches. Following them are the Trinidad Regiment, bent on joining Jong at the top, as will be the case if they vanquish their Jamaican counterparts tonight.

These teams were pitted against the Antilleans in their opening matches. Superior skill and better combination brought about the 3-0 blanking of the Jamaican side, while the Trinidadians gave a lack-lustre display in drawing 1-1.

Following this the Regiments hinted their intentions of being in the running for the Trophy, as with marked improvements, they scored victories in their next encounter. The local side shaded Somerset 2-1, while the Trinidadians tagged Racing 1-0.

Both, in continuation of their bid for the trophy, will be going all out to gain a win.

Absent in Trinidad's opening match and present in their second, was their ability to build up swift thrusting midfield attacks, capped by powerful shots to the goal.

Inside man Kelvin Berassa and winger Gerry Brown, when they got started looked menacing to their movements and should they get full support from their link-men, they could, spell trouble for the Jamaican squad.

Brilliant defending by John Simmonds, Francisco Hill, positive goal-keeping by Vester Constantine and fast penetrative attacks by the locals' frontline will be among the problems the Trinidad Regiment will have to cope with in tonight's game.

Right winger Carl McDonald, left winger Delroy Green and inside-man Lloyd Haynes are all capable on their best night of splitting any defence.

The importance of a win should provide them with the impetus to do so tonight, in which case Trinidad's custodian Lincoln Phillips should be severely tested.