ON A HIGH! Cornwall College's Shavon McDonald wants to end schoolboy football time with more trophies

Observer West writer

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James —Shavon McDonald is hopeful that his final season in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/Wata daCosta Cup football competition will be a memorable one as he wants to lead Cornwall College to a 13th title, and his second in three years.

McDonald, who scored the winning goal in the 2016 final when Cornwall College beat then defending champions St Elizabeth Technical 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, says the experience gained from that season has helped him this year.

The midfielder, who captains the team and pulls the strings from midfield, told the Jamaica Observer Westrecently that the team is focused on having another successful season.

“The season so far has been wonderful; we are trying to do something special, as we did in the 2016,” said McDonald.

From coming off the bench and scoring the winner in the 2016 daCosta Cup final to leading the team in scoring last year when they got to the quarter-finals, McDonald's role has changed again this year.

“In 2016 we had senior players like Peter-Lee Vassell and Jourdaine Fletcher who were the leaders, and I looked up to them. This year I am one of the leaders and I have to set the trend for the young players to follow.”

Instead of leading the scoring, McDonald is the one that creates and control, as well as being the provider for that all-important final pass that leads to goals. He has racked up 15 assists from 10 games in the first round of the daCosta Cup season this year, five coming in Cornwall College's 7-0 win over Irwin High in the return-leg game.

“The younger players look to me to lead them and they see how hard I work, and they know that I know what it takes for us to get to the final,” he stated.

He is not content to go after just one title, but says he wants everything up for grabs this season, adding that his personal goals include scoring more than 20 goals along with 20 assists.

After leaving high school, McDonald plans to be an entrepreneur, “after playing football at the NCAA level and hopefully professionally as well.”

He scored 1,250 in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) last year and has seven passes in CSEC. His results in the three CAPE subjects he sat last year, were also favourable.

He said he got in touch with some US College programmes last year and got some “good feedback”, adding that “hopefully by this time next year, I will be in college”.

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