St. Benedict's play under 19 at Vere

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Jamaica Gleaner

THE ST. BENEDICT'S Schoolboys football team of Trinidad play the second match of their ten-day tour of Jamaica this afternoon when they take on Jamaica's young footballers — the
Under-19's — at Vere Technical High School grounds in Hayes, Clarendon, at 4.15 p.m.

In the first match of the tour on Saturday, although not playing the brand of soccer Jamaica's public likes to see, the Trinidadians, spearheaded by the gifted opportunist, centre-forward Wilfred Cave, who scored all their goals, overwhelmed their hosts Vere Technical 4-1 in the first of a two-match series for the Antillean Trophy donated by Antillean Import Export Company, sponsors of the tour.

Today's match should prove a thriller for the Rural fans, who will have their first look at "Big Time" soccer for some time.

Under the guidance of skipper and centre forward Undell Williams, a Railway Division 1 representative, George Thompson's Under-19 team should prove a stiff hurdle for the Trinidad schoolboy champion team and it would come as no surprise to see this youthful team have the better of the Trinidadians.

Wilfred Cave, a Trinidad national player will again be the man to watch but he will have his job of getting goals harder than on Saturday as the strong point of this Under 19 team is their defence.

Defence men

In players like Salvin Stewart left half and Donald Perkins, at centre half, they have promising defencemen. Stewart, a hard tackler who plays at centre half for his school, Kingston College, has been having some very good matches in preparation for this game and along with Perkins, another Kingston College player should be able to stave off most of the attacks of the Trinidadians.

Behind Stewart and Perkins will be the capable Railway representative Glenville Crosby in the nets.

Jamaica's under-19 cap Arthur Williams at right half should be able to hold his own and let through enough passes for Williams, who will have beside him Jamaica's most promising footballer Russell Bell at outside right and Joseph Campbell at outside left to help him on the goal hunt.


Although not a hard shooter Bell, like his skipper, is capable of splitting most defences with his anticipation. Campbell on the wing is a more than useful player and will be the man the under-19 team will have to be dependent on for building up most of their attacks. Williams is noted for his goalscoring and should he get through often enough Trinidad's custodian Dave Reuben, who had a food first match could be in for a busy afternoon.

The St. Benedict's team however, has been hit by injuries as in Saturday's match left-back Selvyn Alleyne dislocated his shoulder, while right-winger Dick Furlonge suffered an injured leg.

Alleyne is expected to miss today's match, but Furlonge will undergo a fitness test this morning.

Trevor Headman is expected to replace Alleyne in the defence, and if Furlonge is unfit it is expected that his place will be taken by 14-year-old prodigy Anthony Douglas who can play in any position on the forward line.

The teams

Their defence, which will, be built around captain Lawrence Rondon, is a hard tackling one and it is left to be seen how the under-19 skill will pay off against them. Michael Hackett at right back is a quick thinker and one will have to be as quick or even quicker to get past him.

The likely St. Benedict's line-up is: Rueben (Goal), Hackett (RB), Trevor Edmund (RH), Keith Renaud (CB), Rondon (CH), Herbert DeLeon (RH), Furlonge (OR) or Anthony Douglas, Selwin
Bailey (IR), Brewster (IL), Cave (CF) and Herbert Lennard (OL).

The Under-19 team is Crosby (goal), Patrick Twaithes (RB), Donald Perkins (CH), Stewart (LH), Edward Dawkins (LB), Arthur Williams (RH), Clive Crooks (IL), Russell Bell (OR), Desmond Smith (IR), Undell Williams (CF), Joseph Campbell (OL). Reserves Brenton Walker, Milverton Brooks, Ruddy Errar, Wesley Ford and Glenford Campbell.

All the other players selected for the trials from which the team was selected are reserves.

The Under-19 team will leave from the Carib Theatre at 10.00 a.m.