"This win is for the fans" - 'Tuffy' dedicates match-winning goal to Waterhouse faithful
COMETH the hour, cometh the man. Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson, in his first full game for Waterhouse FC this season, scored the game's only goal to give the struggling Drewsland club a 1-0 win over Tivoli Gardens FC in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Drewsland Mini Stadium yesterday.
Tivoli played the last seven minutes with 10 players after Jermain 'Teddy' Johnson received a second yellow card.
Anderson, who has had his off-field issues with the club before and during the season, had to leave the game after 35 minutes due to a clash of heads with Rosario Harriott in his first match last week. But after fluffing his lines on a couple chances in the first half and coming close on a few occasions in the second period, 'Tuffy' broke the deadlock 65 minutes into the contest when he turned home a pass from last week's two-goal hero Rodave Murray from six yards.
"This is my job (scoring goals) and I always come out and give my all for Waterhouse fans., These fans build me, they fight for me. When I score, I go and give the fans my heart because, trust me, even when I went on trial and made that team (overseas), those fans are still not like Waterhouse fans," said Anderson.
FOR THE FANS
"They are the ones that fight for me, and every time I touch the field, they are the ones I want to play for because they motivate me. So this win is for the fans," he said.
Anderson was also happy to get off the mark for the season and he believes they are now a force to be reckoned with again.
"Five straight (wins) is what I want, but the motivation from senior players has been good. With me and English back in, everything has been moving on the right track. We can't do nothing wrong right now," Anderson commented on the recent addition of himself and long-time club stalwart Irvino English to the squad. "We just have to work as one and fight as one.
"I just want to kick it (scoring) off. I'm off the mark now, I'm back now," he added.
Both teams had the share of chances in the first half, with Anderson getting Waterhouse's best opportunities and Mitchily Waul wasting two great chances to put Tivoli in front.
"All the pressure that existed before Jermaine came in was lifted when he came in. He brought a level of leadership. Along with English and Weston Forrest, they have guided the youngsters and this is what we needed," said Marvin Tate, Waterhouse's coach.