Reid eyes RSPL top scorer award

April 06, 2018
Arnett Gardens' Fabian Reid (right) controls the ball while being tracked by Humble Lion's Ricardo Campbell during a Red Stripe Premier League match at the Effortville Community Centre last season.

National striker Fabian Reid of Arnett Gardens FC said that he is determined to finish the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season with the most goals as he looks to achieve his first Golden Boot Award and lead his team to success.

Reid is on 16 goals, one behind leading scorer Craig Foster, who bagged 17 goals this season. However, Foster's team, Humble Lion, are out of the play-offs for the championship title, which means that Reid has at least two games to surpass Foster and take charge of the top goalscorer race.

Also in contention for the top scorer title are Javon East of Portmore United with 13 goals, Waterhouse's Kemar Beckford on 11, Ricardo Morris (Portmore) on 11, and Jermie Lynch (Portmore) on nine goals.

"He (Foster) is leading me by just one goal, but he is out, while I have three games, including the semi-finals and final to play, so I am confident," Reid told STAR Sports yesterday.

Arnett Gardens are scheduled to face the winner of the Harbour View/Waterhouse RSPL quarter-final clash next Monday in the semi-finals, and Reid says he will take it step by step.

"We have a game coming up on Monday and I will take it game by game. I will aim to score in the game to at least match up with him on 17 goals," Reid added.

"I would really be disappointed in not winning the leading goalscorer award, because it was my plan to win that as well as for my club to be unbeaten and also retain the Premier League. We will go all out for the title and my last goal was against UWI in a Monday night game, so I am looking to continue scoring goals and helping the team," he added.

Arnett's form has dipped since their return from the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship Group stage in Trinidad and Tobago in late January. The reigning champions have not won in their last 10 games, a run, which Reid blamed on the much publicised internal issues, which he claims are behind them.

"As you all know, the team went through a little phase, but we just have to continue working hard because everywhere in the world teams go thorough phases. It is the knockout stage, so we have to just come out to win the two games," Reid reasoned.

"Right now, the entire team is in the right frame of mind as everybody is in training and doing the work. And, this time around is Arnett's time," he confidently said.

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