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I didn’t tell him to do it – Lenny Hyde praises goalscoring Clarendon ‘keeper

By December 07, 2019

Clarendon College goalkeeper Prince-Daniel Smith is a hero tonight and maybe for all time, because he believed in himself, according to his coach Lenworth Hyde, who oversaw a second Olivier Shield title on Saturday night.

Having given up a goal in the 88th-minute of play to Jamaica College in a tightly contested all-island final at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Smith, a custodian, became Clarendon College’s fourth attacker and scored a goal just ahead of the end of regulation time (90+5).

Him doing that was not something the coaching staff at Clarendon College had banked on. In fact, Hyde, was honest with SportsMax, saying the youngster was completely to blame for his heroism.

“No, I didn’t tell him to do that,” said Hyde of the former Camperdown High School student.

Clarendon College’s equalizer sent the game to penalties where the goalkeeper’s heroics allowed for a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory.

Hyde wasn’t bothered about the way the penalties went, knowing full well, they wouldn’t have been there had it not been for Smith.

“He saw what happened, the goal that scored on us and he took it on himself,” he said.

“He believes in himself and he took it upon himself.”

The minimum four minutes for time added had already elapsed when Clarendon earned a corner. The delivery was too close to JC goalkeeper Daniel Russell and he should have had an easy time of collecting it, however, Smith leapt to head it just in front of him and he lost sight of the delivery.

Russell’s fumble fell to the floor and Smith was quickest to it, poking it home to give Clarendon a most famous lifeline.

Smith, for all his efforts, did not speak of his contribution in the way you would think, choosing instead to speak of the team when he was asked why he left his post to go give them a chance at penalties.

“We don’t have anything to lose so we just pushed all. We believed we could get it back so we just did it,” said Smith.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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