Positive Mackison looking to silence doubters
Last season Kingston College's (KC) failure to reach the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup final was blamed on the second-round form of top scorer Rashawn Mackison.
Mackison netted 22 goals in the first round of last season's competition, however, he did not have a single goal after the second round got under way, leaving many to argue that the player was "burnt out", while others said that he was not a big game player.
However, 'the Purples' talisman started the second round with a bang this season, scoring four goals in three matches, and the 18-year-old attacker believes he is more mature, more focused, and more prepared to lead his team to their first Manning Cup title in 31 years.
NEEDTO STAY FOCUSED
"This year, I am more positive," Mackison said. "I think we have what it takes. We just have to stay focused and stay positive, and that's our coach's instruction," he told Star Sports.
Although Mackison started the second round on fire this term, he does not agree with the assumption that if he does not score, KC will not win as he believes that there are many other match winners in the team.
"That's not a fact (If I don't score, KC won't win). We have scored about 70 goals this season, and I have only scored 18 (now 19). Basically everyone has been scoring," he noted.
The player admitted that he does not enjoy leading the line and prefers to arrive from midfield to get his goals but said that it is a sacrifice that he has made for the team.
"Right now, I am the only player available for the forward line, so I just do it. I am much better coming from deep (midfield), but I just have to do it for the team. But we are very confident of going all the way. We are just taking it game, by game, and we believe we can do it," he said.
Coach Ludlow Bernard also praised the striker for his unselfishness and for continuing to deliver for the team.
"Rashawn doesn't like playing at centre-forward, but he is willing to do it for the team and he has been delivering in his not-so-favourable position. But he realises he has players who can support him, do the work in the middle, and give him the supply. He is able to keep possession and make passes to the other players in the final third, and when he receives good passes, that allows him to score," he said.