Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
For the second week in a row, Red Stripe Premier League title hopefuls Arnett Gardens were gifted a point by the industry of one of their substitutes. Last week, the substitute found the net, but this time the substitute - Jonathan Williams - created it.
Arnett Gardens, despite looking like the more dangerous team, fell behind in the 66th minute when Deno Schaffe powerfully headed home the opener from a corner. That was Cavalier's first real opportunity at goal. Upon entering the field, Williams, like a basket maker, wove patterns on the field as he darted around playing give-and-go with whichever teammate was willing and on the same wavelength.
It was in one such move when the irrepressible Williams, in a move initiated by him and involving fellow impact substitute Ricardo Oldham, followed up the play and crossed teasingly for Kenneil Hyde to head home in the 74th minute.
All of that would not have been had the 36-year-old kept to his decision to hang up his boots at the end of last season after moving back from Waterhouse to wrap up his career with his beloved Arnett Gardens. Williams also had a spell at Olympic Gardens, the place where he first made his name.
"I feel great coming off the bench to create that opportunity for the team," the wiry little attacking player said at the end of the game.
"It is great coming back. It was really my young teammates who encouraged me to back," Williams said of his decision to suspend his retirement.
"The fact of the matter is that I am 36 and I am still performing, so I said, 'Why not?', when they asked me to continue. I have something to offer and the coach is pleased that I am here and showing some of the younger players how things are done and the right approach to take to a game. With all of that, I have not regretted a minute of my return," Williams added.
But while Williams is enjoying the season like Manchester United's ageless wonder Ryan Giggs, he will not extend the run any further.
"I am not lying though, this is my final, final season. I know I said last season that that would have been it for me, but this is it. The main reason for that is not that I think I cannot go on, because my wife and daughter are abroad and I think I will be migrating," explained Williams.