Roma United snatched a dramatic last gasp victory to claim the President’s Cup in front of a packed house at the Annex on Wednesday.
Trailing 1-0 to Bodden Town deep into extra time, Roma scored two goals in three minutes to claim the first major trophy of the football season.
Peter Rose and Andre Allen were the heroes of the match. First, Rose pounced from close range after good work from Cesar Dixon, then Allen capitalized on a mix-up in the Bodden Town defense to steal the win.
“It was crazy,” said coach George Thomas. “That is how we have been scoring our goals recently. We like to leave it late.
“It was a tight game through the 90 minutes. Bodden Town were pressing hard, we were pressing hard. I think they ran so hard, they got tired towards the end and we were able to win.”
He said Cesar Dixon, a second half substitute, changed the game for Roma.
Coach Thomas also gave thanks to Roma’s “massive fan base,” saying they helped drive the team to victory.
An estimated 1,000 people turned out at the Annex for the finals on Wednesday. Earlier in the evening, Elite Sports Club triumphed 3-1 over Sunset FC in the women’s final.
Kay Francis opened the scoring for Elite in the first half with a powerful strike from outside the penalty area. Sashell Harrison headed home a cross from skipper Shanice Monteith to double the lead early in the second half.
Striker Shanelle Frederick made sure of victory with a well-taken strike to make it 3-0 midway through the second half before Sunset’s Carly Dignam pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.
Coach Martha Godet said, “I am pleased with the result and pleased with the players. It was a team effort, which makes a huge difference.”
She said toppling perennial champions Sunset was a huge confidence boost.
“They have got the skills but we have to work hard on the mental side of the game and the motivation. To play against a team like Sunset we had to be mentally strong.”