Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Kingston's Holy Fa-mily Primary won the inaugural staging of the Samsung Cup Youth Football tournament with an exciting 3-1 penalty-kicks victory over Irwin Primary of St James in the final at the Stadium East field yesterday.
Both teams played to 0-0 draw at the end of full time in the 30-minute final. Quest Prep of Kingston took third with a comfortable 4-1 victory over St James' Corinaldi Primary.
Holy Family's captain Justin Dunn, goalkeeper Rijon Harrison and Charles Tate converted from the penalty spot for the Raphelita Banner-coached team. Rojaughn Joseph of Holy Family was named the Most Valuable Player of the final.
Holy Family collected the winning trophy and a sponsorship cheque of US$10,000, which will go towards the building of a fully equipped media centre at the school, courtesy of Samsung.
Banner said she was delighted with her team's success because they had to work very hard to win the competition.
"We practised penalties everyday, and so I knew that we would have won in the penalty shootout," said Banner. "I just have to thank God for this because it feels good to win the first Samsung Cup."
She added: "The school really needed this and I must thank everyone for the support that they have given to us."
Gracious in defeat
André Neil, coach of Irwin, was gracious in defeat. "I think we played good football because no goals were scored during the match," said Neil.
"I think the penalty kicks had a psychological impact on the boys, especially at this age group, but I must say well done to them," he said.
Both teams failed to create any meaningful scoring chances in the first half as the players found it difficult to cope with the heavy wind.
Holy Family came out firing in the second half as they dominated the ball possession while creating a number of clear scoring chances. However, they were let down by poor finishing.