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February 6, 2013
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Waterhouse sack Duckie
Marc Stamp, STAR Writer

Duckie - file

Donovan Duckie was fired as head coach of Waterhouse Football Club's senior team following a loss to Boys' Town in the KSAFA/Jamaica Yellow Pages Jackie Bell Knockout semi-final on Sunday night at the Constant Spring Sports Complex.

Boys' Town won that encounter 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out decider, after both teams battled to a 0-0 draw after regulation and extra-time.

"He (Duckie) has been terminated as coach (of Waterhouse)," Ricardo 'Ricky' Chin, president of Waterhouse FC, told STAR Sports yesterday.

overall situation

When quizzed further, Chin disclosed that, "When you look at the overall situation at the club, we had to make a change with regard to the coach."

With Duckie out, Anthony Patrick, who previously served as youth team coach and member of the coaching panel, has been promoted to head coach. Junior Francis and Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle will both remain as assistant coaches while Evan McKenzie will continue as statistician and Michael Brady as physical coach.

In recent times, Waterhouse failed to reach the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) second-round final.

To compound matters they were eliminated from the Corporate Area knockout competition three days ago. With Waterhouse now having a slender chance of winning the RSPL title, the loss against Boys' Town was the straw that broke the camel's back. That was probably the club's only shot at silverware this season.

Waterhouse are currently in seventh position on 32 points in the 12-team point table. And, with 16 games remaining in the 2012-13 season that ends in May, they find themselves 13 points behind leaders Harbour View FC.

Waterhouse are set to tackle Highgate United at Drax Hall when the RSPL third round begins on Sunday, February 10. Match time is 3 p.m.

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