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Arnett’s Fabian Reid hits form

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:14 AM
Arnett Gardens player Fabian Reid (left) moves away from Dunbeholden’s Clayton Pusey in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday, December 24, 2018.

After taking some time to find his goalscoring form this season, last season’s runner-up in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) scorer’s race, Fabian Reid, has found his scoring boots this campaign and has climbed to the top of the charts with 11 goals.

Reid netted one goal in his team’s 3-1 win over Tivoli Gardens in their west Kingston derby last Sunday.

Reid finished with 16 goals last campaign, one goal behind top scorer Craig Foster, and after outscoring fellow golden boot challenger Colorado Murray, who came into their contest tied on 10 goals, Reid assumed the leadership of the scoring table with seven rounds of matches to go.

But Reid said that his slow start to the season was a result of defenders and teams paying him more attention. However, he said that he has never lost focus or his determination and that his continued hard work is now bearing fruit. The striker has scored in three of his team’s last four matches.

STRONG DEFENSIVE TACTICS

“This season, defenders are marking me a lot more. They are not giving me any chance because they know how dangerous I am. But I just continue to work until I find it (form), and it’s coming on now. I was the goal man for Arnett Gardens last season, and now that I got back my form, I am just looking to get the job done,” he said.

Coincidentally, Reid and Arnett Gardens have hit form around the same time, and he says that it usually goes hand-in-hand.

“This is our time of the season now, and our form is coming around, so we have to make the most of it, and from I am scoring, the team is going to be up.

“We have seven games to go, and if we win those seven games, we can finish second or first. So we can still reach first. We just have to continue working hard as last year is last year, and we don’t want to live in the past,” he said.

Reid was disappointed after letting the scoring title slip from his grasp last season, but with seven games to go, plus the play-offs, he believes that he can hold on and take the award this term.

“I am looking to get about 20 goals this season, and if I can get 20 goals, that would be all right. Yes, I am looking to get the top scorer award as last year I slipped up, but I am not living in the past. I am working to do it this season,” he said.

Reid leads the goalscoring chart with 11 goals, followed by Colorado Murray and Tremaine Stewart on 10 and Rondee Smith and Deshane Beckford with nine.

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