Lions youngster plays key role in sensational win for the Benna Boys
Lions defender Mahlon Romeo played a key role as Antigua & Barbuda recorded a sensational 4-1 victory against St Lucia to win their two-legged FIFA World Cup Qualifier 5-4 on aggregate at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Mahlon, 19, had featured as a late sub in the first of the two games last week when the Benna Boys suffered a shock 3-1 defeat on home soil.
However in the second leg, played just four days later and again in Antigua, the young right-back played the full 90 minutes in a historic occasion for the island.
Romeo had a hand in the Benna Boys' first goal when he slipped the ball through to skipper Joshua Parker who crashed home the opener 20 minutes from time to reduce the aggregate arrears to 2-3.
However when Kurt Frederick converted an 82nd-minute penalty to level on the night and fire St Lucia 4-2 ahead on aggregate, that seemed to be that.
What then followed was simply the stuff of dreams for the Benna Boys as Tevaughn Harriette (85mins), Parker (90+3mins) and then Aaron Tumwa, in the dying seconds of the fifth and final minute of injury-time scored the goals that secured a breathtaking 5-4 aggregate win, sparking wild celebrations at the final whistle and a party that is probably still going strong!
St Lucia: Poleon, Frederick, John Joseph, Edward, Hunte, Polius, Paul (Emmanuel, 8mins), Henry, St. Prix, Charles, Joseph. Subs not used: Thomas, Louis, Reid, Deterville, Altidore, Mullarkey, Greenidge.
Scorer: Fredrick (82mins, pen)
Antigua & Barbuda: James, Romeo, Tumwa, Peters, Harriette, John, Parker, Browne, Byers, Thomas, Beckles. Subs not used: Muhammed, Thomas, Jahraldo-Martin, Lockhart, Kirwin, McDonald, Stevens, Jamoy Stevens, Murtagh, McCoy, Burton, Francis-Angol.