Mack­in­son backs KC to break ti­tle drought

Mid­fielder tar­get­ing 20 goals to sup­port bid

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON COL­LEGE (KC) at­tack­ing mid­fielder Rashawn Mack­in­son is back­ing him­self to score around 20 goals and pro­vide many as­sists in this sea­son’s ISSAFLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball cam­paign as he hopes to lead the ‘Pur­ples’ to a lon­gawaited Man­ning Cup ti­tle.

The quiet but skill­ful player dic­tates KC’s plays and or­ches­trates their at­tack from the cen­tre of the park each game.

Mack­in­son, Man of the Match on the three oc­ca­sions that KC have won, has net­ted seven times, de­spite miss­ing two penal­ties against Den­ham Town.

He scored four goals in that game – one in the St Mary’s Col­lege opener and two against Pap­ine High, last Fri­day.

“This sea­son, I trained a lot harder in pre­sea­son, I am a lot older now and I have more ex­pe­ri­ence,” he noted of im­prove­ments that have brought more suc­cess.

MORE THAN A MID­FIELDER

Mack­in­son said he is de­ter­mined to be more than a mid­fielder who scores goals, how­ever, but wants to as­sist his team with win­ning games.

“I promised my coach that I want to score 20 or more goals this sea­son and give as many as­sists as pos­si­ble to help the team,” he said.

“We will just con­tinue to do the good work and not get com­pla­cent, but keep on work­ing hard.”

Asked about his team’s ti­tle chances, he said: “Def­i­nitely, KC can win this year. I am pos­i­tive I can con­tinue scor­ing and help to lead the way,” he out­lined.

Av­er­ag­ing al­most two goals per game so far, the player will be hop­ing to lead his team again with a win over As­cot High when KC plays them at the Na­tional Sta­dium at 3 p.m. to­day.

“I am do­ing good so far. We just need to keep train­ing hard and con­tinue the good work and al­ways re­main fo­cus and calm and fol­low the coach’s in­struc­tions,” he stressed.

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Kingston Col­lege’s Rashawn Mack­in­son wins a header against Den­ham Town High’s Ki­mar­ley Balls, dur­ing their ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball match at the Na­tional Sta­dium last week Tues­day. Mack­in­son is tar­get­ing a 20-goal sea­son to help KC break ti­tle drought.

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