‘This win is for Plum Plum’ - Waterhouse dedicate RSPL victory over Molynes to deceased Reggae Girl
Waterhouse FC extended their lead at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) table to four points, holding on to secure a 2-1 win against second-place Molynes United in their match at the Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.
Kenroy Howell and Colorado Murray scored a goal each, one per half, for last season’s finalists, while Jeremy Nelson got a consolation from the penalty spot in the third minute of extra time for Molynes, who slipped to their third straight defeat of the season.
It was a win that came at a time when the team and the community were still in mourning for the death of Tarania ‘Plum Plum’ Clarke, who died on Thursday night after she was killed in an altercation with a friend.
Before the game started, a moment of silence was observed to honour the 20-year Reggae Girlz midfielder, who also captained Waterhouse in the Women’s League.
Waterhouse captain Shawn Lawes dedicated the win to Clarke and her family.
“I just want to dedicate these three points to the family and also [offer] my condolences,” Lawes said.
Assistant coach Damion Gordon was pleased with the preparation that has been done for their opponents and expressed satisfaction with the four-point cushion at the top of the league.
“It’s very good for us to be on top of the league, especially playing one of the top teams. We played some wonderful football, especially in the second half,” Gordon said.
Molynes assistant coach Garnett Lawrence felt his team was let down by its own doing but was looking to move on from this latest setback.
“Waterhouse didn’t play as we expected, like a powerhouse team, but we gave away the game,” said Lawrence. “It happens in the game. So we have to see where we go from here.”
Molynes were hoping to end a run of back-to-back defeats, and Nicholas Nelson tested Waterhouse’s Andre Chambers early on with a shot that he calmly held.
However, the league leaders commanded the game in the first half, making Molynes uncomfortable while playing their way to the better chances.
Murray, who hasn’t scored since September 15 in the 7-0 thrashing of Harbour View, was eager to end his drought. He had a shot that was blocked by defender Kemar Seivwright.
The opener eventually came in the 27th minute when Howell received the ball in midfield and unleashed a powerful shot from outside the penalty area that Molynes goalkeeper Leon Taylor could not keep out.
Sixty seconds later, Chambers was forced into a save from Rayan Brown’s shot from the left-hand side as he and Fakibi Farquharson combined in search of an immediate equaliser.
Howell did well to get past two defenders on the right hand side but blazed his shot high over the bar, and Tramaine Stewart had a shot that forced a point-blank save from Taylor, who again came to the rescue, forcing an effort from Murray over the bar close to half-time.
Murray’s patience was rewarded in the 55th minute as he tapped home a low cross from the left-hand side to finally get on the scoresheet for the fourth time this season.
Molynes United introduced Tajahe Dixon and Devon Hodges to try to get back into the game, but the build-up play generated by the team did not yield an end product.
Nelson had a free kick, which was held by Chambers and Tyrique Wilson’s own set-piece opportunity soared over the bar.
It wasn’t until the waning moments of the game that it got uncomfortable for Waterhouse.
Chambers was booked in the 88th minute as he rushed from his goal line and fouled a Molynes player outside the box and two minutes later received a second yellow after committing another foul on a Molynes player inside the penalty area.
He was given his marching orders, and Waterhouse, having already made their allotted changes, sent Keithy Simpson in goal to conclude the game. Nelson slotted home the penalty in the third minute of stoppage time, which ended up being a consolation.