Jamaica Gleaner / When Waterhouse travelled to Harbour View for their first-leg Red Stripe Premier League quarter-final encounter against the Stars of the East, for one player, a special night was all but inevitable.
Waterhouse player Keithy Simpson scored the decisive goal to give his team a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg on home turf tonight at 7:30p.m., to put his team in a good position to advance to the semi-finals.
This tie is one between the two teams who had to fight the hardest to make it to the playoffs as they started the season struggling, and both looked bound to partake in the ‘fight-for-survival’ battle against relegation.
However, they turned it around, and fate, it seems, put them on a collision course to battle it out for a semi-final spot and Waterhouse drew first blood thanks to a player, who hails from the east.
Scoring his first goal of the season, Simpson expressed the importance and how special this goal was to him.
“It actually means very much to me as it is a goal that helps my team in a big way. I scored 31 goals in 2017, but 2018 hasn’t been so productive where goals are concerned as I have been playing a more defensive role with Waterhouse, but I am always ready to take my opportunities when they come so I can help team.” said Simpson, who has captained Jamaica at the youth level but has earned a limited number of caps at the senior level.
It was a game in which Harbour View had the better of play for large spells but Waterhouse managed to make an impetus in the latter stages of the contest and took their opportunity.
“It was a very important moment. When you can score so late away from home to come away with a vital victory. It gives you confidence heading into the return leg. We now need to remain focused and complete the job at hand”, added the much-travelled player.
“When you are facing Harbour View and you are from the east, you want to be the man that puts them away.
So it was something I definitely foresaw, but like I said I am always prepared to take my opportunity when it comes to helping my team”, the utility player added.
For Simpson, who joined Waterhouse in the January transfer window, joining Harbour View then was an option. The move to Waterhouse, he said, was better for his career.
“Well, it’s a very long story, but the long and short of it was that a decision had to be made for my career, which was made” Simpson reflected.
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