Waterhouse FC – Match Report vs Arcahaie (15/05/2022)

Waterhouse was able to record a 2-0 victory over Arcahaie in Caribbean Club Championship action. Arcahaie started strongly but as the match went on Waterhouse began to look like the stronger side. Waterhouse lined up in a very old school 4-4-2 with a flat back four and one striker dropping a little bit deeper and the other looking to stretch the backline. 

Ratings:

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be a strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Shaqueil Bradford

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Jamaican
  • Age: 21
  • Date of Birth: 06/12/2000
  • Current Club: Waterhouse
  • Career: Boys Town
  • Position: Striker
  • Preferred Foot: Right

Shaqueil Bradford played as a striker in this match. He formed a partnership with Jahvan James where he was the slightly more withdrawn striker. As a result, he was more involved in buildup play. He showed some skills that made him quite effective in that role. Bradford is not a giant but he has a low centre of gravity and is very strong. This, combined with the smart use of his body, made him very effective at holding up the ball. He won’t show up on the scoresheet for it, but Waterhouse’s first goal would not have happened without him. He held off a defender brilliantly, played a ball into a channel, and ultimately Waterhouse scored. He also drew a large number of fouls by shielding the ball and turning quickly. His first touch was a bit inconsistent. He was often trying to bring down lofted passes. Sometimes he was able to bring the ball under control quickly and sometimes the ball was bouncing off of him. However, when he was less successful in controlling the ball he was usually able to use his body to hold off an opposing defender. That being said though when he tried more difficult passes they didn’t often come off. On one occasion he attempted a cross-field ball that was hilariously underweighted and intercepted by a defender about 15 yards short of its intended target. He had one good chance, where he took advantage of some questionable marking to dart into the box and deflect a cross on goal that was well saved. This chance was from an area where all great strikers earn their keep. But the fact that it was Bradford’s only shot of the game and it didn’t require any kind of complicated movement to get it makes me a bit skeptical of how consistently he would be able to get into that kind of position at a higher level. 

Rating: B1

For me, Bradford is right on the line between a B1 and an A2. His goal rate in the Jamaican league is very impressive, significantly better than recent successful exports like Javon East and Shamar Nicholson. He also has some strong hold-up play and is useful in the buildup. But his lack of goals and infrequent big chances in this tournament, against the Caribbean’s best, makes me a bit skeptical of his ability to step things up. He could very well prove me wrong but at this time I’m not comfortable predicting a rise to stardom, even with his impressive goal-scoring record domestically. 

Kymani Campbell

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Jamaican
  • Age: 22
  • Date of Birth: 23/07/1999
  • Current Club: Waterhouse
  • Position: Left Back
  • Preferred Foot: Left

Kymani Campbell lined up as a left-back for Waterhouse. He played a relatively defensive role, not going forward very often. Defensively he was mostly very good. He was usually well-positioned to intercept passes. He made several clearances including a couple of timely interventions right in front of his own goal. But he struggled quite a bit with tracking runners who were moving in behind him. Arcahaie had two big chances that were a result of Campbell being totally unaware of the runner who was off his back shoulder. Basically, if the threat he was defending was in front of him he was a brick wall. If the threat was behind him he was in trouble. I would be quite concerned about how this would affect things at a higher level. He also got dribbled past by Gerson Gabriel quite easily at one point, though he seemed to be a pretty decent 1v1 defender otherwise. Campbell did a good job of passing the ball out of the back. He was able to make line splitting passes that found his teammates quite consistently. He did also just hammer the ball forward on a lot of occasions but when he chose to pick a pass he was doing some pretty good stuff. He did not venture forward very often and when he did he did not look particularly dangerous. He was not bad with the ball at his feet but the few crosses he attempted were not particularly dangerous. 

Rating: B1

Campbell is a mostly defensively solid fullback with a bit of passing skill. He might find his way to a smaller league in North or Central America. But there are a lot of fullbacks in USL and CPL who are a similar age and a lot more exciting than him. So I don’t think he will get into the upper echelons of North American soccer. 

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