Waterhouse dedicate win to injured teammate
Waterhouse FC's players have dedicated their fifth lien on the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/
Jackie Bell Knockout trophy to injured teammate Juvaune Benjamin.
The Drewsland-based outfit edged Barbican 3-2 in an exciting final at Harbour View Stadium on Thursday night, and captain of the Waterhouse team Damarley Samuels said the Waterhouse players had vowed to win the trophy for Benjamin, who suffered a fractured right leg during a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game against Harbour View on Monday night.
"The players decided from Monday night to win the Jackie Bell for Benjamin. The plan was to do it for him," Samuels told The Gleaner following the final on Thursday night.
"It was a very tough game. We scored early but fell behind during the first half. In the second half, we came out and scored two goals late in the game. Now, we have that title, the focus is on winning the national league title," he said.
Samuels gave his team the lead when he netted in the 11th minute. However, Barbican scored twice in six minutes to lead 2-1 at half-time. Dean Phillips (31st) and Lennox Russell (37th) were the scorers for Barbican.
motivate the team
Waterhouse struck again, courtesy of goals by Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson (79th) and Tremaine Stewart, in injury time.
"This is my second title at Waterhouse and I feel very thankful. This will serve to motivate the team to win the national league," he said.
Winning coach Anthony Patrick admitted that his team had to dig deep for victory in the closing minutes.
"We had to dig deep to win the game. The determination was there from the team," Patrick told The Gleaner.
Barbican, who sit at the bottom in the 12-team RSPL, looked purposeful in the first half, but wilted badly in the second half, and Waterhouse took charge.
Losing coach Marvin Tate said his team made some mistakes that cost them the trophy.
"We had a good first half, but made mistakes in the second half. We have to settle the goalkeeping position as the goalkeepers are making costly blunders," Tate said.
Waterhouse will receive $400.000 and the trophy while Barbican will collect $250,000.