T&T vs Jamaica Preview

Author: 
Marc Purcell
Date Published: 
1998-07-31
Source: 
TTFOL

Trinidad and Tobago meet Jamaica in the Shell/Umbro finals in Port of Spain today. This is the final that everyone has dreamed of since Jamaica qualified for the World Cup. Jamaica has once the cup once, while T&T has won the tournament six times including four times in a row.

Here is how the two teams stack up:

Goalkeeper
No one can deny that Arron Lawrence has arrived. For years he waited in the wings for Warren Barrett to step aside and he has now stepped into the shoes of the captain. Lawrence is one of the best goalkeepers in the region and should make the strikers fustrated with his ability.

On the T&T end, there is no Shaka Hislop in goal but Clayton Ince. What Ince lacks in experience he makes up in heart and agility. Needs some more full internationals from becoming a truly great goalkeeper.

Edge: Lawrence via experience.

Defence
Jamaica-The back four for Jamaica is solid. They have not given up more than one goal a game in this tournament. Goodinson and Wilson are showing the experiance gained by playing in the World Cup.

T&T- This is one of the major weak links in the T&T team. The defense has not steped up and done the job that they should have reling on the abilty of Clayton Ince bail them out for there mistakes.

Edge-Jamaica

Midfield
Jamaica- Whitmore is the man in midfield. WIth his pace and skill is obviously the man to watch on this Jamaican team. He has a good complement of experianced players around him.

T&T- David Nahkid and Clint Marcelle are the ones to watch in the midfield. Nahkid with his consistent abilty to get the pass through and Marcelle with his pace to run at defenders create a good combination.

Edge- Even

Forwards
Jamaica-Onadi Lowe and Walter Boyd are two front runners that make long days and nights for defenses. Boyd is skillful and has grown as a player in the last year.

T&T- Stern John and Irasto Knights are the two front men for T&T. John is the tournament's leading scorer and a serious threat to anyone. Knights is one to two years from becoming a world class player.

Edge-Even

You can hear the game live tonight via Radiojamaica. The game starts 5:30pm EST at Broadcast.com.

Enjoy the game.