Maver­ley hold Water­house

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

NEIGH­BOUR­ING COM­MU­NI­TIES Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den and Water­house FC bat­tled to a 1-1 draw in their first meet­ing in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Water­house Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Phillip Ped­die handed Maver­leyHugh­en­den the lead when he slot­ted into an un­pro­tected goal in the 10th minute. How­ever, Water­house fought back and got the equaliser from sub­sti­tute Ke­mar Beck­ford in the 54th minute.

The point lifted Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den to nine from eight games while Water­house moved to seven points in the 12-team league.

The vis­i­tors, with their mas­sive sup­port as they made the short trek over, cel­e­brated early when Ped­die ben­e­fited from a play cre­ated by striker Nicholas Scott. The lat­ter beat Water­house goal­keeper Ge­orge Brown and the ball fell kindly to Ped­die.

Beck­ford came off the bench and scored shortly af­ter he en­tered the pitch.

THIRD GOAL

Ped­die, who was scor­ing his third goal in the last three con­sec­u­tive games, was happy that his team did not lose to their neigh­bours.

“We are get­ting there as a team. We did not win to­day but it is on the road, so we picked up a good point,” Ped­die, who missed his team’s first three games and the pre-sea­son be­cause he was away in the United States, told The Gleaner.

Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den’s head coach, Li­jyasu Simms, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in his team’s sixth draw in eight games.

“I am dis­ap­pointed as we de­served three points to­day. We are cre­at­ing chances but not putting them away,” Simms said af­ter the game.

Water­house’s coach, Michael Fran­cis, was sat­is­fied with the re­sult.

“We played a dis­ci­plined game and stayed be­hind the ball. It’s im­por­tant that we did not lose,” said Fran­cis.

The game be­tween Mon­tego Bay United and Ar­nett Gar­dens, which was sched­uled for Wes Pow Park in St James, was post­poned due to a wa­ter­logged field.

“The new match date will be com­mu­ni­cated,” a re­lease from the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica stated. UWI FC 4 Boys’ Town 0 Water­house 1 Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den 1 Ja­malco 1 Tivoli Gar­dens 2 Port­more United 1 FC Reno 1 Chad­wick Wal­ton ... smashed 70

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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