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Samuels thrives in captain's role

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Damarley Samuels (front) heads the ball while being challenged from behind by Waterhouse's Daemion Benjamin during a first-round Red Stripe Premier League football match in September last year. - file

Marc Stamp, Sports Reporter

Anthony Patrick's decision to hand Damarley Samuels the captain's armband for Waterhouse's Red Stripe Premier League football match against Boys' Town worked as the midfielder not only led the team with distinction, but scored the all-important goal.

Samuels struck in the 62nd minute at Waterhouse Stadium in Drewsland as the home team won the Sunday encounter 1-0 and remained third on 31 points from 19 games.

Waterhouse dominated for the majority of the game and could have won by a bigger margin, but were let down by poor finishing, especially from main striker, Gary McIntosh.

Haitian striker Chedlin Francoeur, debuted upfront alongside McIntosh and showed good touches, but was starved of the ball for long periods. Francoeur went close to scoring in the second half when his effort went just wide.

"It was a team decision to hand Damarley (Samuels) the captain's band. He is a disciplinarian," coach of Waterhouse's senior football team, Anthony Patrick, told The Gleaner.

"He works hard in training, so with regular captain, Richard McCallum, not in the starting team, we decided to reward Damarley, and it paid big dividends as his leadership was exemplary," the coach shared.

HONOURED TO WEAR BAND

"For me, wearing the captain's band was an honour. It meant a lot as the team showed confidence in my ability to lead," Samuels, who was voted the Busta Man of the Match, said.

"It was a surprise to lead the team, but I put in the hard work and the coach saw it fit to name me captain for the game," he pointed out.

"It is a little pressure, but I will continue to do my best if given another chance to lead the team again," the 24-year-old former Clarendon College schoolboy star added.

Samuels' goal was his third of the season and he aims to finish with at least 10 goals for the season to help Waterhouse lift the Premier League trophy.

Meanwhile, coach of Boys' Town, Andrew Price, blamed the loss on a defensive error.

"We gave up the game by making a defensive error, and that cost us," Price said.

"We gave up a simple goal. I told the players not to allow the ball to bounce, and the goal was as a result of that," he emphasised.

"The league is still closely bunched, so we need to continue working and winning games," he added.