Find­layson’s late strike earns point for Water­house

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - BY HURBUN WIL­LIAMS Ob­server writer

NICHOLY Fin­layson, the sea­soned and long-serv­ing Water­house FC de­fender, scored a late equaliser against Port­more United to sal­vage a point for the Drewsland­based team and by the same to­ken, knocked the for­mer Red Stripe Pre­mier League (RSPL) lead­ers off the top of the cur­rent stand­ings with an ex­cit­ing 2-2 draw at the Drewsland Mini Sta­dium on Thurs­day.

Roshane Sharpe put Port­more United ahead in the sec­ond minute of play and the home team launched an im­me­di­ate coun­ter­vail­ing at­tack on their visi­tors to press re­lent­lessly against them with re­peated threat­en­ing at­tacks on their goal. The re­lent­less pres­sure for 30 min­utes on the visi­tors’ goal fol­low­ing the early set­back in­vited the equaliser as Re­cardo Thomas scored to bring the teams level in the 32nd minute. With the teams now even keel, there were close calls from ei­ther side but the scores re­mained even to the break.

On the re­sump­tion, Water­house re­turned to the pitch with their first half in­dus­try, but it was Port­more United who found the go-ahead goal 28 min­utes from time when Rosario Har­riott net­ted with a well-placed shot past Diego Haughton in goal.

How­ever, Water­house Coach Mar­cel Gayle would have none of that and he urged his play­ers to step up their game back to the ear­lier en­er­getic level of play by throw­ing every­body into the at­tack. And from a right-sided spot kick, Fin­layson bun­dled the ball over the line to sal­vage an­other draw to the de­light of the home sup­port­ers.

The point merely served to stem a drop and ex­tended a se­ries of drawn matches — the fifth of their last six games with the other be­ing a loss.

Gayle was not pleased with his se­ries of drawn re­sults but has not given up hope of com­ing out of the slump as he sees pos­i­tives. “We have been play­ing well enough to come away with bet­ter re­sults than we have been get­ting. The team is on track. This is a league for­mat and with the team con­tin­u­ing to ap­ply them­selves with a bit more ef­fi­ciency in front to the goal, it is more than likely we will turn the form around quite soon.

“De­spite draw­ing a num­ber of our games as we did tonight ,and in some cases com­ing from two goals down or a goal down as we demon­strated against one of the bet­ter teams in the com­pe­ti­tion shows the depth of char­ac­ter within the team. With this dis­play we can just con­tinue to press on and search for bet­ter re­sults as it is still early days yet.”

His Port­more United coun­ter­part Shavar Thomas was not too sur­prised by the fi­nal re­sult. “We knew be­fore hand, that com­ing to Water­house it would have been a tough game and we started out very well. The first 10 to 15 min­utes of the game were pos­i­tive for us. We were do­ing what we set out to do. With the mo­men­tum switched in the first half, we gave up too many fowls around our box and this caused them to get back into the game with set pieces. Set pieces will be their best chance to do so and it re­sulted in both goals. Much the same thing ap­peared in the later part of the sec­ond half which re­sulted in the sec­ond goal. And you know pres­sure burst pipe. So we’ll will take the point and move on,” Thomas said.

Teams: Water­house FC – Diego Haughton, Ki­ethy Simp­son, Nicholy Fin­layson, Shaun De­war, Mark Miller, Ri­cardo Thomas, Stephen Wil­liams (An­dre Leslie 77th,) An­dre Mcfar­lane, Ken­roy How­ell, Ri­cardo Sa­muels (Rafeik Thomas 77th), Tre­maine Stew­art

Subs not used: Akeem Cham­pers, Damian Binns, An­dre Fletcher, Keam­mar Da­ley

Booked: Sa­muels (27th)

Port­more United FC – Ke­mar Fos­ter, Da­mano Solomon, Rosario Har­riott, Roberto John­son, Ryan Welling­ton, Cha­vany Wil­lis, Ven­ton Evans, Ri­cardo Mor­ris, Javon East (Rondee Smith 70th), Fer Don­n­egy (Court­ney Allen 66th), Roshane Sharpe (Nac­quan Brown 64th) Ref­eree: Karl Tyrell As­sis­tant ref­er­ees: Da­main Wil­liams, Rolanzo Ben­nett

Fourth of­fi­cial: St­ef­fan De­war

Match com­mis­sioner: Elaine Walker-brown

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