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‘Chocolate’ double melts Rivoli in Red Stripe Premier League

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 3:00 AMMarc Stamp

Donovan 'Chocolate' Edwards scored his first goal for new club Cavalier a month ago.

Coming off an injury since that game against old club Harbour View, he netted both goals in his team's 2-0 victory over Rivoli United in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday.

His Man-of-the-Match performance was indeed awesome. Edwards troubled Rivoli with his pace, on- and off-ball movement, passing, and close skill.

The victory at Stadium East pushed Cavalier on to 37 points and seventh in the 12-team standings.

"I did not play since that game against Harbour View, in which I scored the winning goal," Edwards told The Gleaner. "Since that performance, I trained hard, and that paid off with two goals, leading the team to another win."

slim chance

With five games remaining, Cavalier have a slim chance of picking up one of four semi-final spots.

"We still have a chance of making the last four. However, we have to dig deep and hope that things turn out our way. We have to do our job on the field by winning the next five games," said Edwards , who hopes to end the season with a double-figure goal tally.

"I want to finish on at least 10 goals, then continue next season for Cavalier, as my dream is to make the Jamaica senior team and also earn a contract overseas," the 23-year-old striker noted.

He spent about seven seasons at Harbour View, then moved because of lack of playing time in the senior team.

Edwards lost his grandmother last October. In January, he got two newborns. His grandma's passing and the birth of the kids serve as added motivation for the striker.

motivations

"My grandma played a big role in my life, and with the birth of my children, I want to achieve from the sport that I love," he said, then paid respect to his two "babymothers for giving him two wonderful kids".

Edwards' coach at Cavalier, Rudolph Speid, praised the player for his contribution since joining the club.

"He scored a very important goal against Harbour View. He is back from injury and scored twice in leading the team to victory against Rivoli. He put in a Man-of-the-Match performance for us," Speid said.

"He is a talented player with good movements on and off the ball, and that certainly troubled Rivoli," the coach added.

In his early years, Edwards won the Primary League football competition with Mountain View, then moved to Excelsior High, where he played in the Pepsi (Under-14) and Colts (Under-16) football competitions. He got injured and did not play in the Manning Cup. He also represented Harbour View at the junior level.