Smith pounces for a point
Bermuda team-mates Keishae Robinson and Chrysda Smith ensured the spoils were shared as Budgies and Ravens played out a rip-roaring 1-1 draw at the National Sports Centre last night.
Robinson put Budgies in the lead with 21 minutes remaining as she lashed a shot in from the edge of the shooting circle from a penalty corner. But Smith was not to be outdone as she slotted home a smart cross from Georgia Harris to secure a point for Ravens with 12 minutes left.
Robinson said both teams “played with heart and passion” after producing an all-action display in the Budgies midfield, while Smith celebrated in trademark exuberant fashion a week after her side went down 2-0 to Budgies.
“I'm very hungry [to score] always, especially in this game when they were 1-0 up,” Smith said. “It makes you even more hungry.
“Nobody was around me and if I would have missed that I don't know what I would have done to myself! Georgia crossed that ball and nobody was around me, even the goalkeeper wasn't in the goal. I think she was at an angle, watching the play and not expecting the cross, so because that side of the goal was open, I just popped it in.”
Robinson admitted to being frustrated about not having hung on the victory, especially being denied by but praised Ravens' defence, marshalled superbly by Jess Hollis, Fiona Braidwood and goalkeeper Jo Bielby.
“It's the first game we haven't won in the league this season, so it's a little frustrating, but it was a really good, hard-fought game from both teams,” she said. “We both played with heart and passion and I love playing games like that.
“It's always a big crowd for Budgies and Ravens games. It's exciting to have people cheering from the sidelines because it's not something we get a lot.
“There were a few shorts [corners] I felt I could have scored off of before I actually did score, but we finally got one to go in.
“They're really organised at the back and Jo is a really good goalkeeper; she saves a lot of goals that are going in the corners. She gets down and gets her stick there. I think it's because she plays on the field as well; she's intuitive with the stick.”
Smith was happy with her side's response to last week's defeat.
“We only had one sub,” she said. “We knew that we had to work extra hard, being that we didn't have as many players as we did last week
“It was a matter of keeping our heads, working with what we have and being able to say that we improved in a week is a wonderful achievement.
“When it was 1-0 they were taking their time, but once we scored you could tell the pace was being picked up and the intensity increased.
“I knew I was losing energy towards the end and my team-mates were like: ‘keep pushing, keep pushing' and I was a bit satisfied with my goal, but I think that's a tendency we have; after we give a pass or after we score a goal, we're satisfied, but we can't be satisfied. We have to keep going until that last whistle.”