Smith ignores chest pains to net hat-trick for Cavalier in Red Stripe Premier League
Dawyne 'Rick' Smith struggled with chest pain but decided to turn up to play for Cavalier SC against Barbican FC in the Red Stripe Premier League ( RSPL) football game. It turned out to be an excellent decision for his team, as he scored a hat-trick to lead his team to a 3-0 victory.
"From yesterday (Saturday), I felt chest pains. However, I felt that my presence and leadership on the field were needed, so I decided to play, at least, for an hour," Smith told The Gleaner after the match at the Barbican Complex yesterday.
Indeed, he was in need as Smith fired home all his team's goals in the 36th, 41st and 45th minutes. That was a first hat-trick for him in the Premier League. He was eventually substituted in the 78th minute.
"I am feeling elated to score the goals that gave the team a win against Barbican," he said. "I must say thanks to my team-mates as I could not have done it without them."
The win pushed Cavalier into sixth position on 40 points and enhanced their hopes of finishing in the top four, for a semi-final spot in the battle for the RSPL title.
"We have four games remaining, so we will take it game by game and see what happens," Smith said about his team's chances of making the semi-final. "We can make a run as anything is possible."
Smith's coach at Cavalier, Rudolph Speid, also lauded the attacking midfielder.
"It was a good performance by Smith. He works hard in training and it paid off for him," Speid said. "He was not feeling well but played and put in the work."
He returned on loan from FC Wangon in the German Division Three, where he scored three goals in five appearances and transferred to Cavalier.
Before his stint in Germany, Smith represented Tivoli Gardens in the RSPL. He also represented Meadhaven in the nation's top league.
Prior to that, he attended Meadowbrook High School and was captain of the Manning Cup team. He moved to Calabar High and was a member of the winning Manning Cup schoolboy team there.
He gained a scholarship and is the holder of degrees in Business Management and Computer Information System, as well as Business Education.
The 27-year-old represented Jamaica at the youth level and still maintains hope of playing for the senior men's team.