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.

Prince-Daniel Smith’s name may take on cult-like status by the end of the weekend after the goalkeeper led the way in making a 4-1 penalty shoot out win possible for Clarendon College in the Olivier Shield at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday.

Jamaica College (JC) are ISSA Digicel Manning Cup Champions for a 30th time after besting favourites St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) via penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday.

JC, who endured their first titleless season in five years in 2018, returned to the top of the urban area pile on Friday after more than just holding STATHS to a 0-0 draw for 90 minutes, then stepping up to the spot to stay perfect from penalties to claim a 5-4 win.

JC had lost on penalties to Kingston College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals but returned to beat the same opponents in the Manning Cup semifinals with five perfect penalties before doing the same in the final.

STATHS have been brilliant this season and topped a Manning Cup semi-final group including JC and St George’s College, winning all three games in impressive fashion, earning the favourites tag in no uncertain terms.

However, JC would end STATHS’ perfect season with their sixth title in seven years and do it in style.

The truth is, JC looked like the team more likely to score throughout the encounter as their backline blunted the normally incisive STATHS attack.

However, Phillon Lawrence, JC’s leading goalscorer, would muff a number of chances for his side to go ahead, including a one-on-one with the goalkeeper where he elected to go through his legs.

The JC ‘keeper brought his legs closer together just in the knick of time to effect a save as early as the fourth minute of play.

That trend would continue throughout but just as STATHS found today difficult for goalscoring, so did JC.

There will be a new champion of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition after Kingston College were ousted by Jamaica College in the semi-final of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Wednesday.

Defending champions Cornwall College, Kingston College (KC), Clarendon College and Jamaica College (JC) will contest the semi-finals of the 2019 all-island ISSA Champions Cup following quarter-final action in Kingston and Montego Bay on Saturday.

KC and JC will contest one of the semi-finals, while Cornwall College and Clarendon College will meet in the other.

At the Stadium East field in Kingston, Clarendon College scored a 2-1 victory over St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the curtain-raiser to progress.

Two goals inside the first two minutes of the match set the tone for an interesting battle between the teams.

Roderick Granville handed Clarendon College a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play, but STATHS responded immediately through the inform Warner Brown in the second minute.

Jaland Larmond found the winner in the 39th minute to push Clarendon College into the last four.

In the second match of the doubleheader, JC, through goals from captain Shaniel Thomas (ninth minute) and Omar Thompson (31st minute), defeated Excelsior High 2-1.

Jaheim Flemmings scored the lone goal for Excelsior.

It was the second match between the teams inside four days as Excelsior High held JC to a surprise 0-0 draw in a Manning Cup quarter-final match on Wednesday.

JC won the inaugural title in 2014 when the competition was called Super Cup. It was rebranded in 2018 to become the Champions Cup.

Over at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, KC - the 2017 champions -  scored a dramatic 2-1 victory over Frome Technical in the first match of the doubleheader to book their semi-final spot. KC found the winning goal with seconds remaining in time added on through captain Rajiv Green after the teams were locked at 1-1.

KC took the lead in the 62nd minute when Ryan Woodbine of Frome Technical deflected a shot from substitute Jamari  Morrison into his scored an own goal. However, Frome Technical got back into the contest four minutes later when Giovanni Mittoo scored from a free-kick.

KC found the winner with seconds remaining before the dreaded penalty shootout.

In the late game at the venue, Cornwall College came from a goal down against St George's College, the 2015 champions, to push the game into penalty kicks where they prevailed 3-2.

The teams had battled to a 1-1 draw following regulation time.

Cornwall College are attempting to become for the first team to defend the Champions Cup title.

The Montego Bay-based team beat JC last year to become the first rural area school to win the competition.

 

SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Frome Technical 1 Kingston College 2
Cornwall College 1 St George's College 1 (Cornwall won 3-2 on penalties)
Clarendon College 2 STATHS 1
Excelsior 1 Jamaica College 2

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