Female manager hopes win, ‘Tuffy’ lift Waterhouse
OVER THE last two seasons, Arnett Gardens’ central defender, Dicoy Williams, has been finding the net with some regularity.
Last season, the defender, who had previously left Arnett for Harbour View, before returning home, netted four goals, and so far, he has added one to his name in the Red Stripe Premier League this season.
His ability to push forward and get goals paid dividends in the Reggae Boyz Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualifier, away to Guyana, on Tuesday night.
Trailing 0-2 at the break, Jamaica pulled one back through senior midfielder JeVaughn Watson before missing a penalty through Shaun Francis.
As the Boyz hunted the equaliser desperately, Williams joined the attack, and his intended cross caught the Guyanese goalkeeper off his line and scored into the open goal, tying the game at 2-2 and sending the match into extra-time.
This goal came at the 88th minute and rescued Jamaica from a delicate situation, which could have seen them eliminated, thus losing the chance to defend their title.
IT BECAME EASIER
Williams admitted that his strike was not intentional but says his ability to get goals from central defence has become ‘natural’, and he is hoping that with more international opportunities, he can hold down a regular spot in the Jamaica senior men’s national team.
“My main focus is always to defend first, but to know I could help the team score a goal to take them to extra-time was a tremendous feeling,” Williams told The Gleaner.
“Scoring a goal in the 88th minute was a good feeling for me personally, and as a central Doreen Thompson, Waterhouse FC manager. defender, goals seem to be coming naturally for me,” he added.
“It wasn’t a shot I intended, but things happen, and luck was on my side and the ball went in. It was a cross from me and it went in, but that gave the guys the belief, and from there, the Guyanese team was no match for us,” he explained.
The 30-year-old, who was handed his first cap by Theodore Whitmore in 2009 against Ecuador, started slowly but grew in confidence and he now believes that with consistent playing time, he can became a vital member of the Reggae Boyz team.
“Being out of the international stage for a while it was expected that I would have a bit of a shaky moment, but as the game went on, I started feeling like I’m at an international level again and it became easier.
“The game was good for me, and with the experience I have I tried to manoeuvre all that,” he noted.
“The coach (Whitmore) gave me my first call-up and he chose to call me back, so he believes in me and I believe in him, so I don’t see why I can’t be a regular in the set-up right now. It’s just to get myself ready,” said the player who lost his place in the national team after picking up an injury in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in the United States in June 2011.
The injury also affected Williams’ professional career as he could not play for a while and was eventually cut from the Toronto FC roster in the Major League Soccer.
“When I’m in I am not going to let go of my chance. I don’t make many mistakes and don’t lose the ball a lot, and I’m adding to my game by scoring goals, so it’s going to be much easier than before when I just got called up,” he said. WATERHOUSE FC’S new manager, Doreen Thompson, has disclosed that it is not an easy task to be the manager of a community-based club because of the passion of their supporters.
However, Thompson hopes that having recorded their first win, they will be able to generate more positive results going forward.
She was appointed manager of the Drewsland-based outfit recently and had a rough start as the former two-time national league champions suffered defeats in their first four games.
Thompson, who has been associated with the club for many years, said they are looking to kick on from that victory and build on the positive energy fuelled by one of their driving forces, striker Jermain “Tuffy” Anderson.
“It’s not easy to be manager of a team like Waterhouse as the supporters are very passionate,” Thompson disclosed during the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday morning.
Waterhouse, popularly called ‘Firehouse’, earned their first points with a 2-0 win against Harbour View last Sunday at the Harbour View Stadium.
‘Firehouse’ favourite Tuffy, who was released by the club in preseason, returned and started against Harbour View.
However, Anderson suffered a fractured nose during the first half and was replaced by 18-year-old striker Rodave Murray. The latter scored both goals in the 54th and 67th minutes.
“Jermain (Tuffy) brings something positive to the team. They are now working together as a unit and will get better as the season progresses,” Thompson claimed.
“Everybody is happy that the missing link is now a fit in the team,” she said about Tuffy being back at Waterhouse.
“He (Tuffy) has a fractured nose but will be able to play in the next game (against Tivoli Gardens) on Sunday. We’re trying to get a mask for him, so it is not that bad,” Thompson disclosed.
“This is a fairly new team with a lot of youngsters and they are growing. We will continue to work as a team. We have put certain things behind and are now moving forward in a positive way,” the female manager further said.
Defender counting on scoring prowess to enhance Reggae Boyz starting role
Dicoy Williams celebrates scoring a goal for Arnett Gardens in a Red Stripe Premier League football match against Harbour View on Sunday, September 25. The defender’s 88th-minute equaliser saved Jamaica from defeat against Guyana in their CFU Caribbean Cup football match in Guyana on Tuesday night.