Defender among the goals as Waterhouse whip MoBay
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Nicholy Finlayson's first goal as a central defender for Waterhouse paved the way for a comfortable 3-0 win against 10-man Montego Bay United at the Stadium East Complex in a rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League game last Thursday night.
Finlayson was on target with a well-struck shot past Montego Bay's goalkeeper, Jacomena Barrett, in the 45th minute. An own goal (Ladale Richie. 82nd minute) and substitute Neiko Williams strike in second-half injury time completed the scoring for Waterhouse.
Barrett was ejected by referee Kevin Morrison for abusive language after the opening goal. Midfielder Jerome Haughton was sacrificed as substitute goalkeeper Garen Downie came on to replace Barrett.
It was sweet revenge for Waterhouse in their first game of the season, as they were battered 5-2 by the visitors in last season's RSPL final at the National Stadium.
Finlayson felt his strike was crucial to the final result of the game.
"It was a very important goal that set the stage for the team, as we created many chances in the first half," Finlayson told The Sunday Gleaner.
"This is my first goal as a central defender since my return to Waterhouse from Reno. I have, however, scored as a midfielder for the team in the past. It was sweet strike, as this team beat us in the premier league final last May," the 28-year-old added.
"The aim is to win everything this season. We are a good mix of youngsters and experienced players. And we have benefited from the CONCACAF Champions League experience," he noted.
Finlayson has been in and out of the national senior team and last played for the Reggae Boyz as a late substitute in the national team's 3-1 defeat to Canada in Toronto on September 9.
With regard to gaining a regular place in the national side, Finlayson says he is working hard towards that.
"I hope to get a regular place in the national team, so I will continue to work hard at Waterhouse," he informed.