Allan Ottey happy to get off the mark for Waterhouse

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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After four previous tries at his new premier league club, Allan Ottey is now finally off the mark.

The striker scored from the penalty spot to give Waterhouse the lead four minutes before the interval, in the Red Stripe Premier League game against Cavalier SC at Stadium East Field on Sunday. The home team managed to pull level in the second half through their Captain Chevone Marsh, and ultimately shared the points as the game ended 1-1. For Ottey it was a bittersweet moment.

“It is a pleasure scoring for Waterhouse tonight. I am a little disappointed that we only got a draw, so in the next game on Thursday we have to recuperate against Arnett Gardens.

“We have to come out and play a very good game on that day,” he insisted.

The former Montego Bay United player who started the 2017-2018 football season playing Super League football for Falkland, joined the Drewsland-based team late in the transfer window and credits his move to Waterhouse to Head Coach Donovan Duckie.

“Donovan Duckie is a talented coach and he encouraged me to come to Waterhouse, and I have been working well with the coaching staff so far,” he disclosed.

With two games in hand on four of the five clubs above them that are caught in the tight race for play-off football, the 25-year-old believes that his club is capable of getting into the top six, despite lying in ninth place at the moment.

“Definitely we can move into the top six, but we have to take it one step at a time,” he cautioned.

Fifth-placed Montego Bay United are on 37 points from 28 games, just three more than Waterhouse on 34 points from 26 games, showing how extremely tight the race is this term.

Ottey has been enjoying his time at the club since his arrival, partly due to the familiarity with the players with whom he now shares the same jersey.

“The chemistry is very good; we get along very well and a lot of these players I have played with before. I played with Tremaine Stewart at Portmore United and Diego Haughton and a lot of these players in the Jamaica team, and it is a pleasure playing with them again,” he revealed.

If there is a person more happy than Ottey, then that would be his coach, Donovan Duckie.

“Allan Ottey got his first goal today. He wanted it badly and he finally got it, so it will be a big boost to his confidence,” the coach shared.

“I am very pleased because he has been working very hard, it means a lot to him. We have a good relationship. We speak a lot, travelling to and from training, and he also has a lot to prove.”

Duckie, who was very forthcoming, says there are events of the past that the player feels need correcting.

“When I speak to him he let me now that he has had some disappointments about the past. He has had some look-ins that did not materialise and he made the journey to Kingston because he feels that he wants to be in an environment where his is not dependent on certain players around him.

“He wants to distinguish himself as an individual and as a team player. He has been working very hard in training, his aspiration is very high, and he wants to achieve international status in terms of playing abroad at the club level and return to the national team,” Duckie disclosed.

Those remarks underscore the desire of the player to get amongst the goals as he tries to rekindle his international career.

“It is very important for him to have gotten one today (Sunday). It is a different feeling when you hit the back of the net, irrespective of the circumstances, whether it is 12 yards, 15 yards, 20, 30 yards. So I am very pleased with that and he should be pleased as well. His confidence will rise and I think in the next game you will see more things from him,” Duckie concluded.

With a goal difference of -5 and a strong possibility of things going down to the wire in the race for playoff football, everyone at the club will be hoping that Ottey starts finding the back of the net with even more regularity.

Waterhouse will host defending champions Arnett Gardens in their next match at Waterhouse Stadium tomorrow starting at 7:30 pm.

— Dwayne Richards

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