Lindo proud of ‘pretty’ finish

  • Absolute screamer: Teyah Lindo was Bermuda’s top scorer in Guyana with three goals in as many group matches (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

    Absolute screamer: Teyah Lindo was Bermuda’s top scorer in Guyana with three goals in as many group matches (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

It was one of those jaw-dropping goals that took your breath away; that had you jumping out of your seat. No, not Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick in the Champions League final — Teyah Lindo’s screamer for the Bermuda women’s team against Guyana last week.

Lindo’s goal strike from fully 35 yards out put Bermuda on their way to an unbeaten Concacaf Women’s Championship qualifying group E campaign in Guyana.

It was the first goal of the 2-2 draw against the host nation that followed up by victories over Barbados and Surinam that propelled Bermuda into the final round, which takes place in late August and early September.

When asked who scored the better goal, her or Bale, Lindo was in no doubt.

“Me!” she told The Royal Gazette. “[At the time] I didn’t think it was as pretty as it was, but yeah, it was pretty!

“I score goals like that all the time, so I knew when to hit it. I just struck it and it went in — it’s something I do!”

Next up are the challenges of Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, plus Antigua and Barbuda in the final round, with the top three sides from that group going on to the Concacaf Women’s Championship, which takes place in Texas and North Carolina in October.

And Lindo agreed with coach Naquita Robinson, who said she was “happy with the results, but not our performances.”

Lindo said: “In the first game against Guyana, we thought it was going to be a hard game, but actually we were probably the better team.

“We just didn’t put our chances away even though the result ended 2-2.

“In the second game against Barbados I think we dropped our level of play to their level of play, which made us not play to our full potential and we could have done better, even though we still won 3-2.

“And in the last game against Surinam, we dropped our level of play again, which is something that we need to not do because we ease these teams up too much and we are way better than that. We just need to put our chances away.

“We could have performed way better than we did. Even though we performed well, we could have done way better.

“We all need to play for each other and not for ourselves and not to give up, just dig deep and play with heart.

Indeed, Bermuda were left with a nervous 90-plus minutes in the final game, when they needed Barbados to avoid defeat against favourites Guyana to go through. The home side could only draw 0-0, leading to some jubilant celebrations at the team hotel.

“Some of the tables didn’t want to know [the score], but my friends and I, we were checking on the app,” Lindo said. “First it was the 80th, 81st; we saw every single minute. And then it paused for a minute and then there were four minutes of [stoppage] time. And then it was over and I just ran round the pool! I was crying, but you know me, I’m just dramatic!”

As well as a celebration, Lindo certainly has an eye for a dramatic goal or two.

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Published May 30, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated May 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm)

Lindo proud of ‘pretty’ finish

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