Ottey bringing experience to the fight
Though he has two Red Stripe Premier League titles under his belt, one man who was not expected to feature at this stage of the competition is Allan Ottey. In fact he was not expected to feature in the competition - this year at least.
After seeing his minutes diminish at former champions Montego Bay United, despite being a national representative, the then 24 year-old decided that he had to take a step back to make a step forward. He moved a league down to represent Faulkland in the Super League.
"I won the Premier League twice and I wanted to try a different environment. I just wanted another stage and another chance to prove myself, as I wasn't getting as many games under Rod Underwood," Ottey said, explaining that he had reached a crossroads in his football career.
He represented Faulkland in a few games but a big call was to come his way at the turn of the new year, when the Transfer window opened. It was his former coach Donovan Duckie, who had taken over at the struggling Waterhouse just two months prior and he could not say no.
"The coach was the factor that drew me to Waterhouse. He's a very good coach and I love his style, methods and philosophy. He coached me while I was at Montego Bay and I really enjoyed working with him so the call presented me with the opportunity to enjoy my football again."
Since being at Waterhouse, he has had two crucial goals so far against Cavalier in a 1-1draw and against Montego Bay United in a win at Waterhouse. Those four points played an important role in Waterhouse's advancement to this round and Ottey knows he has an important role to play today. Not only will he start if Cardel Benbow is unable to do so, but he knows his experience will be vital.
"It (today's game) is not an easy task. I have to go out there and do my best. The two games against Harbour View were tough and like semi-finals too so this is like a third semi-final.
"I have to play my best because my teammates are relying on me. A number of players in the team have not won the Premier League as yet but I have. My experience in winning is important to the team and I will bring that," the former St. James High School star said.
Additionally, outstanding performances could see Ottey getting back into the national set up.
"Well I'm just looking to make the best of the rest of the season, score goals and work hard as my aim is to get back in the National team and hopefully land an overseas contract."
Waterhouse will play Arnett Gardens at 8:30 p.m. at the Drewsland Stadium.