Happy Howell looking to join Golden Boot race

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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A delighted Kenroy Howell could not hold back the smile as his brace helped Waterhouse FC to a comprehensive 4-2 at victory Tivoli Gardens on Sunday.

The result saw Waterhouse edge closer to securing second spot in the Red Stripe Premier League, which they can complete tomorrow.

With just one game now left to play to complete the regular season, last season's runners-up are looking to secure the place that ensures a bye into the second round of the play-offs. They are being chased by Mount Pleasant FA, who also won on Sunday when they edged Arnett Gardens 1-0 at Drax Hall.

Howell has been limited to a lot of cameo appearances of late but grabbed the opportunity given to him to start by coach Marcel Gayle on Sunday.

The striker was on target as early as the fourth minute when he nodded home a rebound from almost the goal line.

Waterhouse went into the half-time break leading 2-1 and Howell was the first to find the net in the second half, prodding home from close range yet again to make it 3-1 early in the second half.

Howell says the performance on Sunday was a reflection of the work done in training.

“I feel very good about my performance today. It all comes from the work in training and coming out and executing the game plan.”

Scoring from close range was something worked on after the harsh lessons learned in the 0-0 draw with Portmore United on the previous match day.

“It's all coming from the last game against Portmore (United). We never poached as how we should do so I actually followed up in this game,” he explained.

The only real area of interest left in the regular season is which team will secure second spot in the league. The two teams to be relegated have already been decided, as Montego Bay United joined the already relegated Reno following a 1-5 loss to repeat regular season champions Portmore United at home on Sunday.

The team to claim the second spot will gain a quarter-final bye, something that is craved by the team that currently occupies the position.

“It is very, very important for us to get that break at the start of the play-offs because we have been training really hard. So to get the rest, we would be very grateful for it. We are working towards it; we are looking forward to actually getting the rest.”

Without speaking to it definitively but nodding in agreement, Howell is setting his eyes on a late surge for the Golden Boot.

“It's all about focus, just keeping focused and coming out and getting in the training and executing on match days. I believe I can get five more goals on the eight that I have now,” he suggested.

Thirteen goals may just about earn him the coveted prize, and with the league's leading scorer Colorado Murray of Tivoli Gardens missing out on play-off football, the chance to finish on top is a real possibility for the left-footer.

Gayle was full of praises for his two-goal hero on the day.

“He is a fantastic player and we wish that he stays healthy. He came in and gave this performance for the team and he was rewarded with those two goals.”

The Waterhouse head coach also praised the rest of his team for their overall display.

“It was a good game, a comprehensive victory for Waterhouse. kudos to the boys, I thought they played well.

“We weren't disciplined right throughout the game but we are away. Tivoli pushed us back a little bit but we held our composure. We held our nerves and we got four goals away, so that is a plus going forward for us, knowing that the last two games we played we didn't score any goals.”

Waterhouse will close the regular season against Montego Bay United at home tomorrow with the game starting at 3:30 pm.

—Dwayne Richards

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