Bouncing back - Waterhouse attacker Benbow looking ahead to next season

April 26, 2018
Portmore United captain Ewan Grandison (left) keeps close guard as Cardel Benbow tries to carry the ball into the final third during the grand final of the Red Stripe Premier League at the National Stadium on Monday night.

After an outstanding half season where he lit up the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and the Drewsland Stadium, Waterhouse winger and former St George's College star, Cardel Benbow, is looking to enhance his growing reputation as a skillful attacker and goal scorer in the league next season.

Benbow's exploits in the league this season make him a potential star of domestic football. Following his impressive debut season, the rising star will be working hard to bolster his already growing reputation as an exciting and effective attacker in the league.

"My aim is to get better and help Waterhouse next season," Benbow said. "We have a great bunch of players, although at the start of the season they lacked confidence. But I came in the team and showed them love and respect and confidence and that built them up and helped us stay as a unit, so it's just to take it from here," he said after Monday's final. "Each game, I play my own game and try to dominate. It will be the same next season," he added.

Like most Waterhouse players, Benbow thought the team was unlucky not to get the win against Portmore, after creating the better chances throughout the game.

"I am disappointed we didn't win the first prize. We were unlucky on the day but we just have to learn from this and move on and try to correct it for next season. Although we were the better team, we were just unlucky, as we got a lot of chances and didn't put them away and they made the better use of the penalties," he reasoned.

However, Benbow believes coach Donovan Duckie has started something special at Waterhouse and expects improvements next season. "I try to keep the guys confident and keep them on one page," he said. "It was a big game so I knew we needed a big performance. We went out and played our game and it was just unfortunate that we didn't get the grand prize. It's disappointing but not such a huge disappointment, because everyone knows where we are coming from. We just have to continue as a group, work hard, stay together and correct our mistakes for next season," he added.

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