Young aims to start 2016 with a win
Waterhouse FC's technical director and senior team head coach, Paul Young, is aiming to start the New Year on a positive note when they host defending champions Arnett Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday.
The Drewsland-based club is rooted at the bottom of the 12-team standings on 15 points from 18 games. Third-place Arnett Gardens are on 32 points, but despite the gap between the teams, a fierce contest is anticipated.
Waterhouse started the season with Calvert Fitzgerald as coach, but he was quickly replaced by Anthony Patrick. Young, who took over the team on December 10, is yet to win after two games. Both ended in drawn results.
With 15 games remaining in the preliminary stage, the former Reggae Boy striker believes he can move the team to safety first and a possible semi-final spot.
"The effort is there at training every day. The attitude is good, and the team spirit is good, so I'm looking forward to good things on Sunday. It's not that the players are not training because they are at the bottom of the league. The atmosphere is different," Young told The Gleaner in an interview at the Red Stripe Premier League weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday.
Good day anticipated
Waterhouse will play Arnett at 6 p.m., moving away from the earlier starts at home this season, and Young says it could work in his team's favour.
"We will get some more people to come to the game. It should be a good day to get the desired result - a win. We will treat every game as a final based on where we are in the Premier League standings," he noted.
"We will try to win as many games as we can but will be going at it one game at a time," Young, who left a coaching job in the United States to be at Waterhouse, said.
"I bring a certain amount of professionalism, and the players have bought into it," he claimed.
Young also disclosed that veteran Kevin Lamey, who was a prolific scorer for Waterhouse in the past, could be used this season as a player-coach.
"Lamey is a part of the plans but will not be included against Arnett. He is an experienced striker and is helping to guide the young ones. He is in training." Young said.