Fe­male man­ager hopes win, ‘Tuffy’ lift Water­house

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

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

FILE

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY NI­CHOLAS A JOHN­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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