Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Orlando Chapman was the hero as he netted the winning goal to guide Cedar Grove Estate Sports Club of St Catherine to their first hold on the Digicel Foundation Prince of Wales Community Peace Cup at the University of Technology football field yesterday.
Chapman netted his goal in the eighth minute of the 20-minute match as Cedar Grove Estate edged Stars of the East from Kingston 1-0.
"I am very elated!" said Chapman. "It was a total team effort from all the guys on my team because we worked very hard for this all season," he said.
Chapman added: "It was a very tough game for us, but my team was always confident of winning because we went out and we stuck to our game plan."
The speedy and skilful Chapman scored the game's lone goal when he arrived at the back post to tap home a cross from his captain Darrell Ambersley, into the back of the net.
Kamor Wilson, captain of the Stars of the East, was very disappointed with his team's efforts.
"I am feeling very bad, and the entire team is very disappointed," said Wilson. "We outplayed our opponents but missed a lot of chances, and that was our main downfall," he added.
Cedar Grove Estate collected a trophy plus $300,000 and a trip to London for a coaching session with Chelsea Football Club. The Stars of the East took home a trophy and $150,000 for finishing second.
Fire House Strikers from St Andrew won the third-place trophy and $100, 000 after defeating Prospect Uprising Youth Club 1-0 in the third-place play-off.
Six-a-side knockout competition
Fourteen parish champions took part in yesterday's finals, which was played in a knockout six-a-side competition.
Samantha Chantrell, executive director of Digicel Foundation, said the competition surpassed all her organisation's expectations.
"I think this Prince Cup has been better than expected," said Chantrell. "I think all the young men that participated in this competition had a good time. They participated in workshops, and they talked about peace in the community, and they also had a chance to showcase their skills on the field," she said.
Chantrell added: "These young men, who took part in this competition are what we call 'at risk young men'. They are guys on the corner, and this competition has given them the chance to showcase their talents for many to see."