Gray stunner earns point for Waterhouse
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
For most of the game, Red Stripe Premier League leaders Waterhouse were ordinary and looked destined for their third defeat of the season and seeing their lead cut to one point by Montego Bay United until something special occurred.
That special thing was a thumping strike from Reggae Boyz right wingback Hughan Gray in the 88th minute. His shot struck from about 25 yards from a ball which fell kindly for him. It not only rippled the Humble net, but deflated their spirits and any hopes they had of earning their fourth win of the season. Ajuran Brown's strike in first-half injury time would have lifted the talent-rich Humble Lion out of the relegation zone, even temporarily, but Gray had other ideas.
"We were down 1-0 and we had to put out extra to get a goal to get at least a point or something. We pushed and hoped that we got the goal. We got it and thank God for it," said the 27-year-old who was a member of the country's team which won the Caribbean Cup recently.
Gray, who described his goal as a stunner, said there was only one thought that came to his mind when the opportunity arose.
"It came to my mind to just run at it and kick, and when it hit the back of the net, it felt great. The goal lifted a load off us coming off that loss to Montego Bay on Thursday.
"Half time, we said in the changing room that we have to dig deep, fight hard, do our best and hope for a point," explained Gray who was scoring his third goal of the season.
The versatile player, who started the game as a left winger as an experiment by the coach, said that as a team they will have to do better to improve their home record.
"We have to lift our home games because we are not getting the maximum points at home. We are dropping more points at home than on the road, so we have to rebound and come again. If we don't do that, then we could put ourselves in trouble," the former Sporting Central player said.
Waterhouse still lead the points table with 28 points, two more than Montego Bay United, while Humble Lion remain in 11th position of the 12-team table on 12 points, one less than Barbican who were due to play fifth-place Cavalier on Monday night.
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
W'house 14 8 4 2 20 8 12 28
MoBay Utd 14 8 2 4 25 12 13 26
Arnett 14 8 2 4 24 19 5 26
H View 14 6 5 3 22 16 6 23
Cavalier 13 6 3 4 11 8 3 21
Rivoli 14 5 4 5 23 25 -2 19
Tivoli 14 5 4 5 15 20 -5 18
Sporting 14 5 2 7 18 21 -3 17
Reno 14 4 3 7 21 22 -1 15
Barbican 13 3 4 6 11 21 -10 13
Humble 14 3 3 8 10 17 -7 12
Boys' Town 14 3 3 8 15 26 -11 12