Hard work pays off for hat-trick hero
Arnett Gardens FC striker Kemal 'Tull' Malcolm attributed his good scoring form in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) to hard work and dedication.
The diminutive player struck a hat-trick in his team's 3-2 win against rivals Tivoli Gardens in the second round.
Malcolm scored his goals in the 27th, 36th, and 85th minutes, while Tivoli responded with goals by Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson (3rd) and Junior Flemmings (51st).
Malcolm's three goals, which pushed him to nine this season - behind Dino Williams of Montego Bay United (13) and Rivoli United's Cory Burke (12) - were a bit overshadowed by a fiery game at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex last Sunday.
The former St George's College Manning Cup star troubled the Tivoli back line with his pace, skill, and dribbling throughout the game and was duly rewarded with his first hat-trick of the season for the reigning RSPL champions.
He was naturally pleased with the man-of-the-match performance that pushed Arnett into third in the 12-team standings on 32 points from 18 games.
"Well, when you can score a hat-trick in a derby game it says a lot because you train hard during the week and come out and get three points, so the only thing you can do is thank God as He is the one who makes everything possible," Malcolm told STAR Sports.
"I'm just gonna keep focused and continue doing the hard work in training. To be honest, a big game like this is one of the easiest for me. playing against top players brings out the joy in me," he shared.