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CC ready to bounce back – Hyde - TD promises reaction in D’Cup final after Champions Cup defeat

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:49 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Lenworth ‘Teacher’ Hyde, technical director of reigning daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College (CC), said he is not concerned about this team’s form heading into this Saturday’s final against Dinthill Technical at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

CC suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday, after they were beaten 1-0 by Kingston College (KC) in the final of the Champions Cup at the National Stadium.

The boys from Chapelton looked tired and lacked energy throughout the contest and were a far cry from the fluid and dynamic team that many hailed as the most technically gifted in the country this season.

In fact, CC registered only two shots on target for the entire first half against their opponents.

However, despite that performance, Hyde remains confident that his team can raise their game and beat Dinthill in Saturday’s final.

“(That was) not a setback for us, because we just lost this one and so we just have to go for the other one on Saturday,” said Hyde. “We have time to prepare for it and it is another tough game. We know what went wrong against KC and so, we have some time to correct it, and so we just have to go back and work hard.”

“This is the daCosta Cup final, and it is a very important game for us because we want to defend our title. My players have to be focused and I have to do my part to get them back up,” Hyde added.

He pointed out that he is expecting a tough encounter from Dinthill Technical, which he described as a very good all-round team with a good coaching staff.

“I know that my players are very confident and you can expect a good performance from us in the final on Saturday,” said Hyde.

“This is the daCosta Cup final and they (Dinthill) will coming at us for this title, and so we have to prepare for, whatever they throw at us,” he said.

Clarendon College will be hunting their ninth hold on the daCosta Cup trophy while Dinthill will be seeking their third title.