Stewart ignores Waterhouse rogue fans
Waterhouse FC's goal scoring hero, Tremaine 'Tan Tan' Stewart said that his coach, teammates and family members kept him motivated during some trying times with the clubs' passionate supporters.
Stewart, who was constantly verbally abused by some supporters in past games, came up big for his team in their 1-0 victory against defending champions, Arnett Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) first-leg semi-final at Drewsland Stadium last Monday night.
The former Portmore United and August Town midfielder netted from a free-kick in the 55th minute to give his team an advantage heading into the decisive second-leg next Monday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
"The feeling is very good. We are working our hats off this season. You know, there are fans who don't believe in us but we believe in ourselves," Stewart told STAR Sports after he received the man-of-the-match award from sponsors, Red Stripe at the end of the game.
"Sometimes I have to put them (fans) behind me as the greatest part is that my family are in full support of me. They are always there for me and my teammates are there for me. When I come out nightly and daily it is just to work hard and do my job for the team. My teammates and my family are my fans," he said.
"It is a very big victory, because you know it is Arnett Gardens. For the team to beat Arnett Gardens is a very big victory. It won't be easy at their home so we have to continue to work harder for each other," Stewart also said.
Looking back, Stewart said that his team was fully aware of Arnett's poor form in the last preliminary stage.
"We knew that Arnett was not winning for awhile but the plan was to come out and do our best, work hard for each other," he recounted.
Stewart also praised his coach Donovan Duckie who returned to the club last November and turned them from stragglers to title contenders this season.
"Just his (Duckie) presence alone make a big difference and when he comes out on the pitch it is all about business. This coach is not one who laughs around when it is training time or match time. Off the pitch you can reason with him. He is a very good coach who motivates the players day in and day out off the pitch and at home. Hopefully, we can give him the title," Stewart concluded.