Jaizel enjoying life at Village
Jaizel Smith-DeShields is on a roll.
The North Village forward has scored three goals in as many outings, including a crucial tally in a 1-0 win over Robin Hood at National Stadium that kept his team’s Dudley Eve Trophy hopes alive.
“It always feels good to score a vital goal like that, especially when the team needs it,” Smith-DeShields said.
“It was the end of a good play. A good build-up from centre back, to midfield to attack — both wings — so a whole team goal, which is always a good goal.”
Three days earlier the 21-year-old opened his account in Village’s 1-0 triumph over promoted St George’s in their league opener at Bernard Park. He was also on target in Village’s 2-0 win away to Southampton Rangers on Sunday.
“I am very confident right now and it just feels good to play with the team,” added Smith-DeShields, who is playing in his second full season in the top flight. “I am just feeling good right now and hopefully I can keep going for the whole season.
“I scored 13 goals last season and I hope to get 15 this season.”
The former Bermuda Under-16 player could have easily got the final touch to Ian Simmons’s goal-bound shot before the ball crossed the line against Rangers, but unselfishly left it alone.
“He [Simmons] definitely deserved that good goal,” Smith-DeShield said. “I didn’t want to take that from him.”
Village’s win at Southampton Oval avenged a heavy 4-0 defeat by Jomar Wilkinson’s team in the Charity Cup last month.
“It was definitely revenge because Rangers beat us the first game in the Charity Cup, so we definitely came in very hungry,” Smith-DeShields said.
The visiting side soaked up some early pressure before Simmons and Smith-DeShields delivered the one-two punch that dropped Rangers to the canvas.
“It was definitely hard at the beginning of the first half with the heat,” Smith-DeShields added. “It was a big game and everybody worked hard to win the game.”
Village, the Premier Division champions, have taken maximum points from their opening two games of the league campaign and are through to the semi-final of the Dudley Eve Trophy after the luck of the draw fell theirs and Somerset’s way.
The drawing off lots to break a three-way tie was necessary after Village, Hood and Somerset completed the group stage with three points apiece and with the same goal difference and goals scored.
Smith-DeShields attributes his team’s good run of form lately to the hard work he and his team-mates put into training and believes the best is yet to come.
“The team is just getting better and better,” he said. “Each training, each week, week in week out, we are just progressing as a team.
“We have been doing things right — we are training hard and working hard.
“We have a chemistry and everything is just going our way.”
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