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Stabroek News

Waterhouse shift focus on NPL
published: Tuesday | December 12, 2006

Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter


Barrington Gaynor(left) and Lovell Palmer of Harbour View

Wray and Nephew National Premier League (NPL) outfit Waterhouse will be using today's encounter against Curaçao's Deportivo Banda Abou, 6:00 p.m. today at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium for practice as they turn their attention back to the local competition.

This follows their elimination from the Caribbean Club Championships on Sunday.

Haitian team Baltimore Sportif put on an impressive showing as they trounced Deportivo Banda Abou 4-0 on Sunday to book their spot to the semi-final round of the competition, topping group B with six points.

Disappointing

"This was really disappointing for us because we really wanted to do well at the Caribbean Championships and I thought we had as good a chance as any," said Waterhouse coach Barrington Gaynor who was on hand to watch Sunday's game. "We will now have to turn our attention back to the local league and we will be hoping to get some valuable practice from Tuesday's encounter."

Sportif had beaten hosts Waterhouse 2-0 on Friday and now advance along with local team Harbour View, who previously emerged winners in Group A which was played at the Harbour View mini-stadium last week.

Striker Dumel Decius looked in fine form as he slammed in an impressive first half hat-trick to see his team virtually through to the next round with an entire 45 minutes still left to go.

Decius fired home from the back post in the sixth minute, giving the Haitian team a dream start after teammate Ednerson Raymond, who was a terror to Banda Abou on the left flank for the entire 90 minutes, whipped an early square across the face of goal.

The forward would leave the Banda Abou backline badly wanting for pace when he sprinted away before toeing the ball over the head of advancing custodian Jarzinho Pieter in the 26th minute.

Decius completed his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time when he put away teammate Barel Joseph's cross six yards away from the goal line.

Deserve results

"We know what we had to do and we came out here determined to do whatever it took to advance to the next round of this competition, the team has been playing well and we deserve these results," said Decius, the hero of the handful of vocal, jubilant Sportif fans who cheered for every minute of the encounter clad in their bright orange gear.

"I only managed to put away one goal in the first game and my teammates were a bit disappointed. I was not up to my usual standard.

"Today I wanted to come out and give them something to be proud about," the striker said of the hat-trick.

Substitute Lesca Cileus then netted in the 61st minute to cap off total domination by the Haitians.

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