'Standard of the league is not good' - Duckie bemoans lack of quality strikers
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Former national youth football coach, Donovan Duckie, has lambasted the ineptitude of local strikers in finding the back of the net with regularity.
Duckie, who is the head coach of Waterhouse, made his comments after witnessing his team squander numerous simple scoring opportunities in their round-37 meeting with Tivoli Gardens on Sunday at the Drewsland Stadium. The game ended 0-0.
"The standard of the league is not good because out of 37 games the leading goal scorer has 14 goals.
"It shows that we have no league," Duckie argued. "It shows that we are dismal in front of the goal and we just don't have enough players, so that it is instinctive for them to finish."
Waterhouse seized control of the match from the opening whistle, but obviously missed the services of the league's leading scorer, Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson, who had to sit out the game due to an accumulation of cards. Within the opening 20 minutes Waterhouse created six clear scoring chances, but the misfiring quartet of Adrian King, Akeem Thenstead, Hughan Gray and Peter Keyes failed to capitalise.
During this spell King rounded Tivoli's custodian, Edsel Scott, but from an angle saw his shot rebound off the post. Waterhouse's Damarley Samuels also saw his volleyed effort strike the crossbar in the opening minutes of the second half.
Waterhouse ended the game with 10 players as their captain, Rohan Amos, was ejected in the 75th minute after apparently striking Tivoli's Ranike Anderson.
"He (Anderson) was missed, but it was a dismal performance by us in front of the goal. We got 17 to 18 scoring chances on the stat sheet, good chances and we have nothing to show for it," Duckie bemoaned.
"In the final third we were poor; we couldn't score a goal to save our lives today. It is just not instinctive for our attacking players to finish, maybe with the exception of Jermaine Anderson," he added.
With one round of games to be played, Waterhouse have accumulated 59 points, which guarantees them a top-three finish in the 12-team standings, while dethroned champions Tivoli lie fifth with 53 points.
"We need to look for players that can deliver in the final third; there's one at Sporting, (Francois) Swaby is there, so we will ask him to join us and if Dino (Williams) doesn't make it overseas we'll try and acquire him," Duckie revealed.
"But if we don't look in that direction, we will find ourselves here again next season; we have to find players who can put the ball in the back of the net," he added.
With Tivoli failing to win back-to-back titles, plans are already being made towards an improved showing next season.
"I know for sure it will be a different Tivoli team come next season based upon the plans we have so far," assistant coach Alvin Shaw divulged.
"We are looking at some of the youngsters, those who we see have the potential to make the transition to the senior team, so that's the reason why there were so many new faces out there today; five Under-21 players featured this evening, two started and three came on," he added.