Waterhouse fires Duckie
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Donovan Duckie was fired as head coach of Waterhouse Football Club's senior football team following Sunday night's penalty shoot-out loss to Boys' Town in the KSAFA/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout semi-final at Constant Spring Complex.
Boys' Town FC won that encounter 4-3 in the penalty decider, after both teams battled to a 0-0 draw after regulation and extra time.
"He (Duckie) has been terminated as coach (of Waterhouse)," Ricardo 'Ricky' Chin, president of Waterhouse FC, told The Gleaner yesterday.
"When you look at the overall situation at the club, we had to make a change with regards to the coach," Chin further disclosed.
With Duckie out, Anthony Patrick, who previously served as youth team coach and was also part of the coaching panel, has been promoted to head coach. He officially took over yesterday.
Junior Francis and Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle will both remain assistant coaches, while Evan McKenzie will continue as statistician and Michael Brady as physical coach.
In recent times, Waterhouse failed to reach the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second-round final. To compound matters, they were eliminated from the Corporate Area knockout competition three days ago.
With Waterhouse now having a slender chance of winning the RSPL title, the loss against Boys' Town was the straw that broke the camel's back. That was probably the club's only shot at silverware this season.
Waterhouse are currently seventh in the RSPL on 32 points in the 12-team table. And, with 16 games remaining in the 2012-13 season that ends in May, they find themselves 13 points behind leaders Harbour View FC.
Waterhouse are set to tackle Highgate United at Drax Hall when the RSPL's third round begins on Sunday. Match time is 3 p.m.