Lucky W'house escape with goalless draw
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Waterhouse were lucky to walk away with a 0-0 draw against Boys' Town in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at Collie Smith Sports Complex in Trench Town yesterday.
The home side created but squandered many clear-cut chances, especially their leading goalscorer, Rafeik Thomas, and second-half substitute Chavanney Willis.
In the first half, struggling Boys' Town looked the better team and dominated play, but their attackers were off target. Thomas received two easy chances in the 18-yard box and missed. Waterhouse's goalkeeper Kelso Cousins also kept his team in the game with some fine saves.
Waterhouse's assistant coach, Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle, introduced national senior team player Romario 'Rum Rum' Campbell in the second half and he combined with Evan Taylor, captain Damarley Samuels, Juvaune Benjamin and former national striker, Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson. However, they failed to create chances.
"It was not a good performance from the team," Gayle, who was in charge in the absence of head coach Anthony Patrick, told The Gleaner at game's end. 'We are grateful for the one point. It was tough for us, but a point on the road is good.
"Boys' Town came at us today and we survived because the team was tough defensively. They (Boys' Town) created some good chances. We were lucky," Gayle added.
Meanwhile, the coach of Boys' Town, Andrew Price, said poor finishing continues to hurt his team.
"I think we were unlucky. We lacked composure in front of goal. We are playing good football, but not scoring regularly," Price said.
"I am disappointed with the result, but the team will continue to work," he added.
Waterhouse remained in third position on 35 points, while Boys' Town inched up to 20 points in 10th position.