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Finlayson: Waterhouse at the end of a tough journey

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Waterhouse FC captain Nicholy Finlayson (centre) goes through a training drill with teammate Shawn Lawes (left) while their coach Donovan Duckie looks on during a training session at the Drewsland Stadium last Wednesday evening.

Waterhouse captain Nicholy Finlayson has described his team's journey from being strugglers in the early season to being one win away from glory as a very tough one.

The Drewsland-based team eliminated last year's Red Stripe Premier League champions Arnett Gardens 3-1 in the two-leg semi-final on aggregate. Now, they will look to beat last season's finalists Portmore United in tomorrow's final at the National Stadium. Kick-off time is 8:35 p.m.

"The journey was a tough one, and we fought all the way to be in the final. The team fought hard, and everyone stuck together. We are going all out for the championship on Monday," the veteran central defender told The Sunday Gleaner.

"Kudos to the players and coaching staff as everyone is united, and here we are in the final. It is a big plus. The team always had quality players. We just needed a teacher, and coach Donovan Duckie is the teacher," he added.

 

QUALITY PLAYERS

 

"Coach came in and put the movements together and organisation of the team. He never went much into the transfer window, just added a few quality players in the mix," he said.

"He brought in Keithy Simpson, Carlos Barrett, Cardel Benbow, and these are inspirational players, always encouraging others in training and on match days," the 32-year-old added.

"I see the final as a tough one, so we have to go there and give of the best. We just have to go all out against Portmore in the final," Finlayson pointed out.

"I have never won the trophy in the 14 years in the league playing with Reno and Waterhouse. I want it and just putting in the hard work. We need to just go all out," he concluded.