Under 19 team tops St. Benedict's 2-0

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Jamaica Gleaner

TWO GOALS in the last five minutes of play, by inside right Desmond Smith, gave the Jamaica Under-19 football team a 2-0 win over a disorganized St. Benedict's schoolboy team of Trinidad at Vere Technical High School, Hayes, Clarendon, yesterday.

As was expected, the Under-19 boys completely outplayed their opponents, who took the field with the same team which beat Vere Technical 4-1 on Saturday. In the final ten minutes, they swarmed all over their opponents, and had it not been for some faulty shooting in this period, could very well have won by a bigger margin.

The game started out at a brisk pace, with the Trinidadians, having slightly the better of play.

However, it was the local boys, who looked the more penetrative in their attacks, and twenty minutes after referee Audley Brandt had the game going, the Jamaicans forced the first corner of the afternoon. Ten minutes later they got another corner but like the first they did not make good use of the award.

Coach George Thompson surprisingly made one change to the team five minutes later, when he brought on Cavalier's Peter Crooks at right half in place of Arthur Williams, who was having a good game up to then, as himself and the diminutive Clive Crooks at inside left completely controlled midfield.

The interval came with the score at nil-all.

A spirited Under-19 team came out for the second half proud of their performance in the first stanza.

In the second minute of the half Patrick Thwaites used his hand to get a ball around his opponent inside his own penalty area and Brandt ordered a spot kick.

Jamaica breathed a sigh of relief as goalkeeper Glenville Crosby dived full length to his right to hold on to a hot one from skipper Laurence Rondon.

Except for Smith's two goals only the spectacular save really brought the fair-sized crowd to their feet.

Outside left Denny Campbell found the back of the Trinidadians net later but the goal was disallowed and a penalty awarded for fouling.

Captain Undel Williams kicked the ball high and wide of the right upright.

Left back Edward Dawkins, who was the star on the Under-19 defence, was replaced by Milverton Brooks in the 33rd minute of the half after a hard tackle with St. Benedict's centre forward Wilfred Cave.

Three minutes later, further misfortune hit the Jamaicans as Campbell had to be lifted off the field with a pulled leg muscle. He was replaced by Ruddy Errar and immediately the forward line was reshuffled as Crooks was placed on the left wing and Errar took up his position at inside left.

St. Benedict's had a near rniss after this as the under 19's custodian Crosby was merely able to punch one from Cave around the upright.

This did not upset the young Jamaicans, and five minutes from the end, skipper Williams sent across a good pass from the right for Smith to beat St. Benedict's custodian Dave Reuben with a hard right footer under pressure which hit the crossbar before entering the net.

Three minutes later Smith sealed the issue as he pushed a good pass from outside right Russell Bell into the net to give the Under-19's a deserved win.

The final whistle came with the winners still in command. Referee Brandt was assisted on the lines by Carl Stewart and Carl Belnavis.

The Trinidadian take on Vere in the final game for the Antillean Trophy which will be decided on goal average on Thursday at Vere.

AirborneAirborne: St. Benedict's schoolboys centre forward Wilfred Cave (No. 9) leaps as he goes for a ball in yesterday's match at Vere Technical. Others in the picture from left are: St. Benedict's left half Keith Renaud (No. 6). While the Under-19's hero Desmond Smith who scored both goals in his team's 2-0 victory. Arthur Williams, the winner's right half (partly hidden) and Selwyn Alleyene St. Benedict's left back. Cave, who scored all of St. Benedict's four goals in their 4-1 triumph over Vere Technical on Saturday had a bad game.