Waterhouse waltz past Panama's Tauro
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Waterhouse FC defeated Tauro FC of Panama 4-1 on Thursday night at the National Stadium to be sole leaders in Group 4 of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The lone Jamaican club in this stage of the regional premier football league beat the Panamanian club for the second time, courtesy of a double strike by former national striker Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson in the 13th and 55th minutes. Other scorers for the winners were captain Damarley Samuels (34th) and substitute Neiko Williams (90 plus). Tauro's goal came from José Luis Garcés in the 64th minute.
Waterhouse moved to six points in the three-team group ahead of DC United, also three points, and Tauro, who are yet to score a point.
The Waterhouse team came in to the game with the knowledge that only a win would keep them in the running for a spot in the next stage.
Anderson, who returned to Waterhouse in May following a four-month stint at CD Aquila in the El Salvador premier league, put his team in the lead when he powered a shot past Tauro's goalkeeper Eric Hughes. Samuels doubled the lead before Anderson struck again in the second half. Tauro pulled one back before Williams sealed the deal in added time.
Coach of Waterhouse, Anthony Patrick, was very elated with his team's performance.
"I think we played well, especially in midfield. With players such as Vincent Earle, Kenardo Forbes and Romario Campbell in midfield pulling the strings, we were in total control," Patrick told The Gleaner.
Looking ahead, Patrick said there is more work to do. "We have some work to do, as our next game is against DC United, who beat us away," he said.
Meanwhile, Tauro's coach, Jorge Dely Valdes, speaking through an interpreter, said his team's chances of advancing are not good.
"We were beaten twice by Waterhouse, and with two games remaining against DC United, our chances do not look good," Valdes said.
Waterhouse will look to their next game against DC United of the Major League Soccer.
This is the seventh edition of the competition under the new name, CONCACAF Champions League. Overall, it is the 50th edition of the premier league football competition organised by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winners will qualify as the CONCACAF representatives at the 2015 Club World Cup.