Maverley's Williams repays coaches with RSPL winner
Maverley-Hughenden FC midfielder Wayne Williams says his goal against Montego Bay United on Sunday was his way of repaying the club's coaches for giving him the chance to showcase his talent.
Williams scored what turned out to be the winning goal as the newly promoted Kingston and St Andrew Super League champions started the Red Stripe Premier League season on a high with a 2-1 win against reigning champions Montego Bay United FC at Wes Pow Park in St James. Maverley were playing their first match after a 24-year absence from the country's elite league.
Williams netted in his Premier League debut in the 78th minute to put Maverley-Hughenden 2-0 up. Nicholas Scott who moved from relegated Rivoli United during the summer had earlier given the visitors the lead in the 47th minute.
"It was my first game in the Premier League and to score and put the team 2-0 up against the champions was a joy," Williams told STAR Sports.
"After scoring, I ran towards the coaches (Lijyasu Simms and Hugh Blair) because they have strong belief in me. It was a great feeling," the player who grew up in the community added.
"It is a wonderful feeling, knowing that I am a Maverley-born player, who still resides in the community. Coming from Syd Bartlett, then Major League to Super League, and now Premier League is great for the community," he said.
"The supporters travelled many miles in support of the team and that was also great. It is a tremendous feeling to win away for them," Williams added.
The club's head coach Lijyasu 'Shaka' Simms said the coaching staff see him (Williams) as a quiet leader.
"Wayne has grown, he has ball in him. We restored confidence in him as he is a player we trust. He is humble and follows instructions," Simms said.
Looking ahead, Williams is fully aware that it won't be an easy road, but remains optimistic that they can win the championship.
"We hope to reach the highest. We want to win the league and not just stay in it. We want to put Maverley-Hughenden back on the map in football," he said.
The 28-year-old, former St Andrew Technical High Manning Cup player, also represented Cooreville Gardens and Duhaney Park in KSAFA competitions.