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Cavalier, Waterhouse share two goals

Cavalier SC 1 Marsh (74th) Waterhouse FC 1 Ottey (41st)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Cavalier Soccer Club and Waterhouse Football Club continued their vigil for a top-six place in the Red Stripe Premier League, with a creditable 1-1 draw at Stadium East on Sunday.

Waterhouse dominated the first period of play by moving faster to the ball and were rewarded with an Allan Ottey goal scored from the penalty spot four minutes before the break. Cavalier restructured their formation after the break and turned things around with some good possessional play that saw them grab a goal in the 74th minute from Chevon Marsh, while he sat on his haunches, to level the score and claim a share of the points.

Though drawing, Cavalier still remain in contention for a top six berth although slipping marginally one place down to fourth in the standings on 34 points after completing 28 matches. Meanwhile, the draw left Waterhouse still with a chance in ninth place on 28 points with two matches remaining to complete.

At present the two teams at the top of the standings and the two at the foot have practically decided their fate, while the other eight teams from two to 10 still have a chance of booking one of the four spots that are up for grabs to make it into the top six.

Despite having some horrible moments in the game, one of which ended in a goal to give Cavalier a share of the points, Waterhouse Head Coach Donovan Duckie has faith in his players will take them into the top six for the RSPL play-offs.

“I have mixed reaction to final result. I thought we gave up a soft foul and hence we paid the penalty for that. The writing was on the wall from the first half when we gave up similar fouls and Cavalier failed to score.

“But let us not dwell on the past. We have two games in hand; we are still a competitive force to unhinge. I think the league is well defined. The leading teams are at the top, the bottom two team and in the middle there is a dog fight to get into the top six positions. We have not been playing for 15, 16 days and we are seeing the result of that, hence we are working on it and in training in our last game we were a bit sluggish.

“Today, against Cavalier, I thought we were much better. We were sharper to the ball and that was a plus for us going forward. Cavalier are something of a bug team for us, we have not lost to them since I've taken over. I have much respect for their work and their coach Mr Speid, but if you ask me I am very disappointed of not getting all three points.”

Rudolph Speid, his opposite number, said: “I thought Cavalier played well enough to win the game to help solidify our place in mid-table, but at the end of the day goals win matches. Though playing well, we did not convert the chances that we created. We scored one, they scored one to share the points, which was not too much of a bad result.”

Speid also drew attention to the overly aggressive nature of play that is carried out during the games. One of his players Gadail Irving, who came through the youth system, was knocked speechless during play. He, however, later regained consciousness but was rushed to hospital for further observation. He was released early yesterday morning.

Teams: Cavalier SC – Peter Harrison, Kamoy Simpson, Rushawn Plummer, Omar Walcott, David Mitchell, Paul Wilson, Gadail Irving (Kaheem Parris 53rd), Jerome Smith, Nicholas Hamilton (Nique Daley 75th), Alex Marshall, Chevon Marsh

Subs not used: Sheldon McKoy, Michael Spence, Davontae Francis, Valdano Moulton, Omar Thompson

Booked: Marsh (54th)

Waterhouse FC – Diego Haughton, Tramaine Stewart (Kemar Meckford 78th), Keithy Simpson, Ricardo Thomas, Mark Miller, Nicholy Finlayson, Cardel Benbow, Jeffrey Henry, Allan Ottey (Gary McIntosh 69th), Shawn Lawes, Andre McFarlane (DeAndre Brown 63rd)

Subs not used: David Boswell, Carlos Barrett, Samar Rome, Kedeem Davis

Booked: McFarlane (42nd), Finlayson (59th)

Referee: Tyrone Robinson

Assistant referees: Terrence McKenzie, Rolanzo Bennett

Fourth official: Weston Costley

Match commissioner: Howard Bell

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