Waterhouse FC captured the Flow Champions Cup with spectacular performances from western-bred players Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson and Richard McCallum. Both players helped to propel Waterhouse FC to their first Flow Champions Cup title and $1M in the Monday night game.
Waterhouse were gifted the perfect start by Juvaune Benjamin who gave them the lead after just eight minutes. Benjamin previously scored after about twenty seconds but was adjudged to be in an offside position; however he returned just minutes later to hand the underdogs the lead. Waterhouse’s advantage was doubled shortly after when, Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson bravely attempted to beat Tivoli’s Edsel Scott with a thirty yard free kick and benefited from a bad bounce which saw the ball embarrassingly getting past the Tivoli custodian.
Anderson continued to torment and cause havoc in the Tivoli defence and had it not been for the heroics of Ranike Anderson Waterhouse could have easily found themselves further ahead at the halftime whistle.
Tivoli emerged from the locker room re-focused and with the determination of a defending championship team, and narrowed the lead through Rafiek Thomas. Waterhouse seemed destined to defeat as shortly after Benjamin was ejected for a second bookable offence, Anderson of the Ranike variety, shot Tivoli level with fifteen minutes of normal time remaining.
Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson proved his worth in the last fifteen minutes as he provided excellent hold up play to relieve the otherwise under siege Waterhouse defense. At the end of regulation time, the teams played out an exciting extra time period and were then required to decide the championship through the dreaded penalty shootout.
The shootout saw Waterhouse’s captain, Richard McCallum leading by example as he turned into the eventual hero saving two of the four Tivoli penalties. McCallum was clearly the more active and comfortable goalkeeper as he mentally toyed with the Tivoli kickers forcing a miss from Keammar Daley before saving from Dwayne Smith and Rohan Reid to single-handedly hand Waterhouse the title.
Spoon, as McCallum is called, certainly showcased the talents that saw him being invited to the national set-up with his range of extension and ability to play on the minds of his opponents. Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson contributed also when he stepped in what was a nerve-wrecking moment after Daley had missed, to calmly slot home and give Waterhouse the early advantage in the shootout.
Waterhouse will now seek to use the momentum from the Flow Champions Cup Final, undoubtedly the best team performance of the season to bolster their premier league title contention. Coach Junior Francis must be a happy man as his stars shone brightly Monday night, and Francis will also be hoping that the form and grit McCallum and Anderson used to inspire Waterhouse to victory will continue throughout the season.