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Goals come natural for me - Williams

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 10:00 AMLivingston Scott
Dicoy Williams celebrates scoring a goal for Arnett Gardens in a Red Stripe Premier League football match against Harbour View on Sunday, September 25.
Dicoy Williams celebrates scoring a goal for Arnett Gardens in a Red Stripe Premier League football match against Harbour View on Sunday, September 25. The defender's 88th minute equaliser saved Jamaica from defeat against Guyana in their CFU Caribbean Cup football match in Guyana on Tuesday night.
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Over the last two seasons, Arnett Gardens' central defender, Dicoy Williams, has been finding the net with some regularity.

Last season, the defender, who had previously left Arnett for Harbour View, before returning home, netted four goals, and so far, he has added one to his name in the Red Stripe Premier League this season.

His ability to push forward and get goals paid dividends in the Reggae Boyz Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualifier, away to Guyana, on Tuesday night.

Trailing 0-2 at the break, Jamaica pulled one back through senior midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson before missing a penalty through Shaun Francis.

As the Boyz hunted the equaliser desperately, Williams joined the attack, and his intended cross caught the Guyanese goalkeeper off his line and scored into the open goal, tying the game at 2-2 and sending the match into extra-time.

This goal came at the 88th minute and rescued Jamaica from a delicate situation, which could have seen them eliminated, thus losing the chance to defend their title.

 

IT BECAME EASIER

 

Williams admitted that his strike was not intentional but says his ability to get goals from central defence has become 'natural', and he is hoping that with more international opportunities, he can hold down a regular spot in the Jamaica senior men's national team.

"My main focus is always to defend first, but to know I could help the team score a goal to take them to extra-time was a tremendous feeling," Williams told The Gleaner.

"Scoring a goal in the 88th minute was a good feeling for me personally, and as a central defender, goals seem to be coming naturally for me," he added.

"It wasn't a shot I intended, but things happen, and luck was on my side and the ball went in. It was a cross from me and it went in, but that gave the guys the belief, and from there, the Guyanese team was no match for us," he explained.

The 30-year-old, who was handed his first cap by Theodore Whitmore in 2009 against Ecuador, started slowly but grew in confidence and he now believes that with consistent playing time, he can became a vital member of the Reggae Boyz team.

"Being out of the international stage for a while it was expected that I would have a bit of a shaky moment, but as the game went on, I started feeling like I'm at an international level again and it became easier.

"The game was good for me, and with the experience I have I tried to manoeuvre all that," he noted.

"The coach (Whitmore) gave me my first call-up and he chose to call me back, so he believes in me and I believe in him, so I don't see why I can't be a regular in the set-up right now. It's just to get myself ready," said the player who lost his place in the national team after picking up an injury in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in the United States in June 2011.

The injury also affected Williams' professional career as he could not play for a while and was eventually cut from the Toronto FC roster in the Major League Soccer.

"When I'm in I am not going to let go of my chance. I don't make many mistakes and don't lose the ball a lot, and I'm adding to my game by scoring goals, so it's going to be much easier than before when I just got called up," he said.