RSPL: Waterhouse coach said 3-1 loss was due to rust

Red Stripe Premier League

Following his team's 3-1 loss to Harbour View on Monday night in the Red Stripe Premier League disappointed Waterhouse FC coach Donovan Duckie, said his team was match rusty.

Goals from Deshane Beckford, Christopher Harvey and Ryan Wellington propelled the Stars of the East to their ninth win of the season and to within two points of the top six playoff positions in the league. Kemar Beckford scored for Waterhouse who fell to their sixth loss of the season and down to ninth in the 12-team standings.

Duckie said his team were rusty having not played in a fortnight but said his team didn’t really play as badly as the score-line suggests.

“It was a good game for us. It was evident in the first half we were match rusty. We didn’t play for two weeks, it showed. We wanted to simulate the competition while we were off. We played two practice games we won both of them 6-0 so the competition wasn’t good,” he said, explaining that the rust became evident pretty early in the game.

“We received the first goal on the counter, we reacted slowly. Usually, we are good at counter-pressing, we did not see that today. It was non-existent. The second goal was a disaster. We don’t give up goals like that. We are very resilient when we defend set pieces like that but it is a work in progress for us but we didn’t play badly.

“It is just some key moments when Harbour View scored; that’s football. And there were key moments for us when Allan Ottey had two brilliant chances, Tremayne Stewart had two brilliant chances. They were looking at the goal as if they had penalty kicks and we didn’t capitalize.”

He offered his congratulations to the winners but said his team, that has two games in hand and the same number of points as Harbour View, will bounce back.

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