Bermuda's Roger Lee (4) tries to hold off Rashad Jules of Barbados
Deshon Howell turned Bermuda upside down with two late goals in the space of 5 minutes to give Barbados a 3-2 victory over Bermuda tonight in Hamilton, Bermuda. The two teams were playing each other in an international friendly for the first time since 2008 with Bermuda holding the advantage in head to head games.
Barbados found the going tough in the first half with Bermuda hitting the crossbar and with goalkeeper Jason Boxhill being forced to make a few early saves. The Tridents then fell behind within the first 15 minutes when Willie Clemons headed home a cross delivered by Captain Reggie Lambe, to give Bermuda a 1-0 lead.
Bermuda then went up 2-0 when Jaylon Bather scored in a goal-mouth scramble, resulting from a corner kick. Shortly after Lambe almost scored a second time, only to see his effort cleared off the line. The first half ended with Bermuda leading the visitors 2-0.
The second half started with Barbados showing a little more purpose. Mario Williams was replaced in the 56th minute by Jomo Harris. Barbados scored their first goal in the 61st minute when Zeco Edmee slotted home to begin the come-back.
In the 87th minute the drama began to unfold. Mario Harte was replaced by teenager Deshon Howell. Howell immediately scored when he was gifted a goal by Bermuda keeper Quinaceo Hunt for a 2-2 scoreline.
Super sub Howell in dramatic style snatched the victory for Barbados two minutes later, in injury time, when he hooked a ball around a Bermuda defender and beat goal keeper Hunt to stun the home fans.
Barbados won 3-2 against Bermuda in Hamilton. The win cuts Bermuda’s advantage in head to head against Barbados to 5 wins, 3 draws and 4 loses. Bermuda will play a return match next year in Bridgetown when the home side will be hoping to erase the visitor’s slim advantage.
The starting line-up for Barbados was as follows:
Jason Boxhill (GK)
Mario Harte (cap.)
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