TEN-MAN Waterhouse FC were slow on the draw in their opening game, but still they got their 2013/2014 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season off to a winning start against Boys' Town with a 2-0 win at Drewsland on Sunday.
Waterhouse secured their victory with late goals from the boots of hired talents Marvin Morgan (79th minute) and Romario Campbell (92nd). Morgan, however, blotted his copybook at the same time by receiving his second caution of the match that reduced the team to 10 players following his expulsion for unsporting behaviour.
The late goals brought some relief and respectability to a team that was chomping at the bit to make a telling impact in their opening game. They, however, fell flat as a team in a midfield with some uninspired play that failed to open up chances for the high-riding goal poacher Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson.
Anderson was cleverly restricted by the Boys' Town defence and there was no follow-up on his goalscoring return for Jamaica.
Assistant coach Anthony Patrick hailed the "timely second-half changes by the coaching staff" as a key element in the Waterhouse victory.
"We did start well in the first half, but fell away in the final 10 minutes of the half that almost cost us the match. But in the second half, we made some critical adjustments early by introducing Kenroy Howell in the middle and later Campbell that made the difference," he said.
Boys' Town head coach Andrew Price felt hard done by the result.
"The game we played, I do not think we deserved to lose. We dominated for long periods (and) we should have put away those chances in the first half... then we gave up two careless goals deep into the second half that gave Waterhouse a victory," he said.
The Waterhouse/Boys' Town game was well attended, and the large crowd included Jamaica Football Federation president Captain Horace Burrell and Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer.
With Anderson being kept in check, it was Boys' Town who looked the better team going forward, and with better finishing from their chief goal poacher Shane Edwards, the result could have been different.
And in a moment of inspired play, Morgaantook on his former teammates then let fly a powerful right foot shot from 20 yards that eluded Kirk Porter, the Boys' Town goalkeeper to put Waterhouse in front.
In a moment of joyous rapture at scoring on debut for Waterhouse and against his former club, Morgan removed his shirt and unwittingly picked up another yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
But it mattered little as Campbell, who returned to Waterhouse after a stint with Harbour View, settled the issue with a goal in his first match coming on as a second-half substitute to lob goalkeeper Porter, who had left his line in a vain attempt to break up a dangerous play.