God answers ‘Tuffy’s' prayers as Waterhouse pull off great escape in RSPL
Despite spending the majority of the season at the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings, Waterhouse pulled off the great escape on the final day of the season, beating Boys' Town 3-0 to secure their place in the top-flight for next term.
Needing a win and other results to go their way, veteran striker Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson rose to the occasion with a goal and an assist and also had a hand in the other.
Anderson put the hosts in front after 35 minutes and had a major hand in the own goal in the 52nd. He then set up DeAndre Brown for the final goal on 83 minutes.
Boys' Town went down to 10 men after Wayne Ellis was sent off in the 63rd minute.
The results meant that the Anthony Patrick-coached team finished the season in ninth spot on 34 points, one ahead of Rivoli and Cavalier - who both lost their final fixture - and ahead of Reno on goal difference.
Anderson, Waterhouse's leading scorer for the last four seasons, said: "I have to give God thanks because night and day I pray to Him. Even this morning, I woke up and gave Him a nice prayer, asking Him to guide and protect the team this day (Sunday)," he told The Gleaner.
"I always believe in the Almighty ... and Waterhouse is good now and I thank the Almighty God for keeping us up."
Waterhouse's coach, Patrick, said they were always confident of winning their game and that other results would go their way based on the other match-ups.
"We knew that we were going to get a victory ... because of the support we would get from the community. They (fans) really came out today and gave us that extra boost," he said.
"When you look at the fixture and look at the two teams destined for the semi-final, Humble Lion and UWI, playing against the two teams at the bottom, we have to give ourselves a chance. So we knew once we got the maximum points, we would have a very good chance of staying up," he reasoned.
Club chairman Bruce Bicknell was obviously elated with the club's last-minute dramatics.
"I feel like we just won the league," he said when quizzed by The Gleaner.