Waterhouse 'fired up' for UWI clash

September 23, 2017
@Normal:<\n>UWI FC players (from left) Kemar Flemmings, Kemoy Atkinson, Girvon Brown and Anthony Greenland in a match last season.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Waterhouse's Nicolay Finlayson (left) looks on with Humble Lion's Devon Hodges (centre) who's under pressure from Akino Bailey in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Waterhouse captain, Nicholay Finlayson, said that the team's early preparation and new approach, boosted by the addition of quality players could be the difference ahead of their opening game against nemesis the University of the West Indies tomorrow.

The match is scheduled at UWI Bowl in Mona, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Since, UWI's promotion to the league two years ago, Waterhouse have beaten them only once in six meetings and last season, Waterhouse lost twice and drew once against UWI in the three league games played.

Finlayson now said his troops are ready for UWI tomorrow.

"We are just looking forward to the start of the season. We are positive going into the start of the new season. Admiral (Glendon Bailey) is a good coach, he came in and steadied the ship last year, and he is teaching his style of play in training so it is for us as players to go out there and execute," Finlayson told STAR Sports.

We will be playing UWI at the start of each round, they are a quality team with a quality coach (Marcel Gayle) also, it is for us as players to go to UWI and get a positive result," he shared.

"UWI have improved since coming into the league, so we are expecting a close game. It is a new season, so the past is behind. We hope to come Sunday and get the job done, no matter the cost," the former national defender emphasised.


Moving forward


Finlayson said that the early start is good for the team.

"It was like a pre preseason start with a lot of players on trial. It is going on well since a lot of players come back from foreign, we have a good unit moving forward," he disclosed.

Waterhouse have added some senior players as well as young players to bolster the squad.

Among the new players are Dasha 'Iron Dawg' Satchell coming from champions Arnett Gardens, Shawn Lawes (FC Reno), Ricardo Harriott (Arnett), Tremaine Stewart (Portmore United) and Rodico Wellington (Maverley-Hughenden).

"We have some new players coming in and they are blending. We have a balance team. The aim is to make the top six, we have unity, so we want to push on," the former FC Reno player added.

Personally, Finlayson is aiming to win the league title for the first time since representing Reno in 2004.

"After many years playing in the league, starting at Reno, I have never won, played in final. It would really be a nice feeling to win the league with the players we have," the 31-year-old said.

"My teammates and coaching staff have encouraged me to stay on, I will play in any role that the coach wants me to play," he disclosed.

Since the departure of marquee players such as Kevin Lamey and Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson, Waterhouse have struggled to score goals. However, Finlayson said they have players to do the job.

"We have players such as Andre McFarlane, Rodico Wellington from Maverley and Tremaine from Portmore as attacking players.We also have good players in the backline with the addition of Shawn Lawes and Ricardo Harriott and in midfield Dasha Satchell," he concluded.

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