‘Mean’ Waterhouse, Barbican clash for KSAFA Jackie Bell KO title
Waterhouse FC coach, Anthony Patrick, warned that his team is in a "mean mood" at the moment and that Barbican FC should beware when the teams face off for the KSAFA/Jackie Bell knockout title this evening at Harbour View Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.
Waterhouse were ruthless on Monday night as they demolished Harbour View 7-2 in clinical display in the Red Stripe Premier League.
"We beat them (Barbican) twice in the Premier League, but it was 2-1 goal margins, so they always play well against top teams. We won't take anything for granted, but I think we are in a mean mood," Patrick disclosed.
Striker Juvaune Benjamin fractured his leg in that game, which left Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson and AndrÈ Leslie as their only fit strikers.
"He (Benjamin) is a big loss for us. Kenroy Howell was his strike partner from last season and he (Howell) has been out injured and just came back in training. Gary McIntosh should do a physical and, if he passes, he has a good chance of playing," the coach said. "But he (Benjamin) will be sorely missed as he has about four goals in the Jackie Bell, and he is our leading scorer in the Jackie Bell, so, hopefully, we can win this one for him."
Barbican's coach, Marvin Tate, took notice of Waterhouse's drubbing of Harbour View.
"Based on what transpired with Waterhouse on Monday, we are going to have a keen and competitive game. Waterhouse's midfield has come back into their own. I don't know how much the loss of Benjamin will affect them, but I know they have adequate replacements," Tate observed.
"They have a very good midfield and I think that is where the battle will be and that battle in midfield will decide where the trophy goes," he said.
Barbican will be without top midfielder Andrew Christie and Mario Harrison for the encounter, but Tate expects the improved Steve Green will play a crucial role in this decider.