'Tuff' loss for Waterhouse

September 05, 2016
Ranike Anderson (left) from Arnett Gardens and Renorio Downswell (right) from Reno challenge for the ball during first-round action of the National Premier League football Competition at Barbican field. The match ended 0-0.

Duwyne 'Rick' Smith's 61st-minute penalty ensured UWI started their second season in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with a 1-0 win over Waterhouse, who started life without Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson, at the UWI Bowl yesterday.

UWI missed the semi-finals on goal difference last year, and Smith, who came over from Cavalier, was one of the players brought in the help the team make the next step, and apart from a fine display in midfield, he was pleased with his team's effort and the three points.

"The (UWI) guys work really hard and fought to the end for the win. Last year, they had a chip on their shoulder as the new boys, so they had something to prove today. It (win) wasn't pretty, but if we can play ugly and get three points until we get it together, I am fine with that," he said.

Smith is eyeing at least 10 goals and 12 assists this season, but insist that anything they achieve will be down to team work.

"I'd like a minimum of 10 goals and 12 assists. The team is working very hard and it pushes me to work harder, but I can't do it by myself. I am looking to make my presence felt and show my character by scoring goals and assisting and showing my colleagues what I'm about," he said.

Waterhouse coach, Marvin Tate, says they need their experienced players to guide this young squad of players.

"We need our experience players leading the way where these (young) players are concern," he said.

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