Saturday 22 September, 2018

The night belonged to Rashawn Mackison as KC win Super Cup title

Vice President of Marketing & TV FLOW Carlo Redwood (right) and Kingston College's captain Javain Brown (left) raise the Super Cup in celebration. Also sharing in the occasion are team members and officials. (PHOTO: MARLON REID)

Vice President of Marketing & TV FLOW Carlo Redwood (right) and Kingston College's captain Javain Brown (left) raise the Super Cup in celebration. Also sharing in the occasion are team members and officials. (PHOTO: MARLON REID)

Kingston College (KC) ended their campaign in the 2017 schoolboy football season in emphatic fashion by winning the fourth edition of the FLOW Super Cup, defeating St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 3-0 in the final at Sabina Park, on Saturday night.

The night not only belonged to KC,  but their top striker Rashawn Mackison, who scored all three goals to become the first player to score a hat-trick in a Super Cup final.

Andrei Roper (right), brand manager for KFC Jamaica, presents the Golden Boot award to Kingston College's Rashawn Mackison.

It was the second hat-trick in the competition for Mackison, who achieved this against Rusea's High in the first round.

Mackison finished the competition as the top striker with six goals from the three games and walked away with the Golden Boot award.

He also won the most valuable player (MVP) award for the final.

Two moments of brilliance from Mackison in the first half handed KC a 2-0 lead during a period, which they dominated.

Mackison handed KC an early lead. A high ball intended for Mackison found Clifton Woodbine of STETHS just outside the six-yard box, and with the central defender shielding the ball, Mackison unexpectedly got a boot to the ball and pushed it around the goalkeeper.

The battle for the 2017 Super Cup title

Mackison's second goal came a minute from the half-time break,

The lead up to the goal began in midfield with Renato Campbell, who found Antoniel Mullings, who in turn pick out Mackison with a defence-splitting pass  and the top strike made no mistake.

Mackison, playing in his last game for KC, achieved his hat-trick in the 81st minute when a ball was played across the goal and he calmly found the back of the net from inside the six-yard box.

The Super Cup title came just four days after KC suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against St Andrew Technical High School in the semi-finals of the Manning Cup competition, a title they were favoured to win for the first time in 31 years.

The game was the second final for KC this season as they had qualified for the Walker Cup Knockout championship match, but lost 2-1 to Jamaica College on November 7 at the National Stadium.

Coach Ludlow Bernard, who completed his second season at KC,  was pleased with the team's performance.

He said, "this performance came like three days late. We didn't get the consistency, but we made up for the season."

This edition of the Super Cup started on November 10 with eight teams - the semi-finalists from the Walker Cup and the semi-finalists from the  Ben-Francis Cup.

A prize package of $1.8 million will be shared among the eight participating schools.

Along with the championship title, KC was presented with  $1 million dollars cash for school development.

The Super Cup final represents the 22nd game played by KC this season across the Manning Cup, Walker Cup Knockout and the Super Cup.

Of those 22 games, KC recorded 18 victories, two draws and two defeats and during that stretch they hammered in 87 goals while conceding 13.