BY IAN BURNETT Observer staff reporter
Sunday, August 04, 2002
JAMAICA'S technical director designate, Carl Brown, registered his first victory since his appointment last December, following his team's 1-0 victory over Grenada in St George's on Friday night.
But that milestone appeared secondary when Brown spoke to reporters after the game. His concern was focused on his largely inexperienced players and the benefits they would have gained from the match.
"Your first victory is always good, particularly when it is away, but the main aim of this exercise was to expose players," Brown said.
"I believe we will have to play a lot of games away from home, so it's a good start and a good experience for them.
"It was a good game with a young team and I believe some of the young players would have come out of the game with high marks," Brown said.
"I believe the team itself did well and this victory will only build their confidence for the future."
Since his appointment, the former national captain and defender went two games without a victory -- a 0-5 loss away to the United States of America and a spirited 0-1 loss to Nigeria in London.
He was given the reigns after the sacking of Brazilian, Clovis de Oliveira, and although the Boyz performed creditably, they lost 1-2 to the US and 0-1 to Costa Rica.
Friday's victory avenged a 0-2 loss to the Boyz from the spice isle a year ago, thanks to Fabian Taylor's magical 31st-minute strike.
Although the visitors held the upper hand with more organised play and better scoring opportunities, there was nothing to shout about.
"Basically a tough game like we have always played against Grenada. It is one of the things I have always told the players that when they play against a Caribbean team it is going to be tough; it's like getting a schoolboy team to play against the national team at home.
"We are going to have tough games and this is what Caribbean football is all about and they will have to learn to fight, and we had to do that ...," said Brown.
After slipping and sliding all over the sandy surface, the Reggae Boyz took control of the game and created numerous chances thereafter. However, debutante, Dahmani Ralph, who could have otherwise notched a hat-trick, failed to hit the target.
Franklyn Simpson, coach of Grenada, conceded that Jamaica proved too much for his team, particularly in the first half.
"The first half the Jamaicans really showed that they were the experienced team," he declared. "One of the things you have to admire is the toughness of the Jamaican players; you could see that they are exposed to international football.
"So at half-time I told my guys you got to be tough and we got to get it our way, we got to bring it to them, because when we bring it to them we bother them, that's why in the second half we turned it around and let Jamaica know, 'hey, we're coming at you'.
"This is definitely one of the better experiences we have had, as we always do when we play Jamaica," Simpson continued.
The Grenadians were scheduled to leave yesterday morning for St Martin for a Gold Cup qualifier. They won the first leg 8-3, and Simpson said they were looking forward to playing them and qualify and probably play Jamaica in Trinidad, if not before.
Jamaica will enter a Gold Cup qualifying tournament in Trinidad and Tobago between October and November this year.
As promised, Brown made six substitutions in the second half, but as the game petered out into a scrappy affair, substitute, Oneil Dunn was presented with the easiest of opportunities with six minutes remaining on the clock, but he skied his effort from only five yards.
Jamaica -- Aaron Lawrence, Claude Davis, Shavar Thomas, Kirk Hendricks, Irvino English (Oneil Dunn 81st), Fabian Dawkins, Richard Henry (Marco McDonald 63rd), Jonathon Williams (Fabian Davis 61st), Fabian Taylor (Roen Nelson 74th), Kevin Wilson (Damion Williams 90th), Dahmani Ralph (Omar Daley 46th).
Grenada -- Kelon Baptiste, Anthony Modeste, Ricky Charles, Franklyn Baptiste, Brian Benjamin, Miguel Wharwood (Keatson Bain 90th), Kennedy Phillip, Chris Bain (Henderson Ettienne 73rd), Ian Andrew, Finbar Willaims (Denis Rennie 46th), Patrick Modeste.