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'Savannah Were Very Lucky'
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Waterhouse coach says Westmoreland team fortunate to escape with draw
Waterhouse Football Club's head coach, Donovan Duckie, says newcomers and former league leaders Savannah Football Club were lucky to have left Drewsland with a point, following their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter on Sunday.
The showdown ended in a 1-1 draw, with Waterhouse opening the scoring in the 14th minute via André Clennon and Savannah equalising through substitute Fabian Blake in the 87th minute.
"Savannah were very lucky to get a point, as we got close to 17 clear chances and failed to capitalise," said Duckie.
"But I guess it was one of those games. I will not put a lot of pressure on my team, however, as while we should have won, a draw is good enough, considering we are coming off back-to-back defeats."
Played in wet and soggy conditions as a result of the adverse weather that was affecting the country on the weekend, both teams started relatively well, with Waterhouse showing the most attacking intent.
However, with the game 10 minutes old, the referee was forced to call a halt because of a power surge, which hit a couple of the floodlights.
Coming out of the break, the delay seemed to benefit Waterhouse, who four minutes later went ahead through a close-range strike from Clennon.
This led to Waterhouse going on to take a stranglehold on the game, and led by wily attacking midfielder Troy Smith, central midfielder Hugh Howell and forward Jermaine Anderson, they were able to create several scoring opportunities.
However, because of poor finishing, the home team was unable to extend its advantage, and thanks to former Reno standout and national youth player Blake, the men from Savannah were able to draw level with time running out.
Savannah captain Shamar Bernard said he was pleased with the fact that his team - which was coming off a 1-0 home defeat to Tivoli Gardens - left with a point.
"It was a good performance to come from behind and claim a point away from home," he said.
"The wet underfoot conditions made the match very difficult for us, but in the end, we were able to hold our own, for which we are very grateful."
Savannah, who twice led the points standings this season, moved to 10 points with the result, while Waterhouse, who were coming off a home defeat at the hands of another promoted team, Cavalier, advanced to five.
Harbour View and Arnett Gardens are also on 10 points, with the former leading based on superior goal difference.
At press time last night, Cavalier were scheduled to meet Sporting Central Academy in the round's scheduled Monday night game at Stadium East.
Waterhouse will play away to Sporting Central, while Savannah will host Humble Lion in the next round of matches.
SUMMARY of Red Stripe Premier League football matches played on Sunday:
Boys' Town 2 Montego Bay United 1 at Collie Smith Drive
GOALS: Boys' Town - Rafeik Thomas 40th, 67th; Montego Bay United - Kemiro James 89th
Highgate United 0 Harbour View 3 at Drax Hall
GOALS: Harbour View - Jermie Lynch 20th, John-Ross Edwards 87th, Jermaine Hue 90+
Waterhouse 1 Savannah 1 at Waterhouse Mini Stadium
GOALS: Waterhouse - André Clennon 11th; Savannah - Fabian Blake 88th
Humble Lion vs Tivoli Gardens at Effortville Community Centre (rain - postponed)
Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens at Ferdie Neita Park (rain - postponed)
Clubs P W D L GF GA GD Pts
H View 5 3 1 1 8 4 4 10
Arnett 4 3 1 0 7 3 4 10
Savannah 5 3 1 1 5 3 2 10
Boys' Town 5 3 0 2 8 7 1 9
Sporting 4 2 1 1 4 2 2 7
Tivoli 4 2 1 1 5 5 0 7
Cavalier 4 2 0 2 4 5 -1 6
Waterhouse 5 1 2 2 4 4 0 5
Portmore 4 1 1 2 2 3 -1 4
Humble Lion 4 1 0 3 2 4 -2 3
MoBay Utd 5 1 0 4 5 7 -2 3
Highgate 5 0 2 3 1 8 -7 2
Next Fixtures (Wednesday, October 3, 2012)
6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Cavalier at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
7 p.m. Harbour View vs Boys' Town at Harbour View Mini Stadium
7 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Portmore United at Catherine Hall Complex
3:30 p.m. Savannah vs Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex
3:30 p.m. Sporting Central Academy vs Waterhouse at Brancourt
5 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Highgate United at Edward Seaga Sports Complex