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Waterhouse on the brink of elimination after loss to DC United

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Photo: Hughan Gray celebrates after scoring a free kick for Waterhouse against DC United in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night. DC United won the game 2-1.

Waterhouse FC suffered a painful 2-1 loss to DC United on Tuesday night, to be left on the brink of elimination from the 2014 CONCACAF Champions League after they completed their four games and amassed a total of only six points.

The locally based Waterhouse team had lost 1-0 to the MLS team in the away leg and was aware that three points were critical to the task of advancing to the next round. A brace either side of half time from DC United captain Fabian Espindola in the 38th and 51st minutes put the away team in a comfortable position with more than a third of the match to go.

But with the game drifting to a tepid conclusion, wingback Hughan Gray brought back life into the game for the home team. Waterhouse was awarded a free kick just outside the area after Taylor Kemp was cautioned for a second time in the game and received a red card. Gray stepped up to produce a beautiful curler beyond Bill Hamid and into the top left hand corner of the net.

Spurred on by the goal and a vociferous home crowd, the Anthony Patrick coached team went all out in search of an equalizer but a stern rearguard effort from DC United prevented any further goals. DC United now draws level on points with Waterhouse who lead the group on goal difference.

With two games to go against Tauro FC of Panama, the MLS team are odds on favourites to clinch a berth into the next round.

Waterhouse will make the delayed entry into the Red Stripe Premier League when they face the team that beat them in last season’s final, Montego Bay United at the Stadium East field on Thursday starting at 6:00pm.

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