Date Posted: 10/10/2017
Guernsey forward Paris Pereira had to wait nearly four years after scoring his first goal for the club before getting another, but hopes two in two games can be a real boost.
Pereira bagged a dramatic last-minute winner against Molesey recently to end the Green Lions' record losing streak, and following it up three days later with the decisive goal that sealed three points at Faversham Town - ironically his first ever GFC goal was a winner to earn a 2-1 win at the Shepherd Neame Stadium as a 17-year-old.
He was as much relieved as he was delighted to have hit the back to the net with a couple of crucial strikes of late.
"The Molesey goal especially was a big one for me and a huge weight off my shoulders," Pereira told GuernseyFC.com. "It was a special moment and was just as special seeing how much it meant to everyone, not just me, such as the team, the coaches and the fans."
The 21-year-old admitted going so long without a goal had been playing on his mind.
"It affected my confidence a lot," he said. "I was always trying my hardest but things never seemed to go my way. You lose a bit of your instinct, so you are either almost trying too hard to score rather than it coming naturally, or you almost feel like you don't want to shoot because you don't believe you will score.
"Being in and out of the squad was also hard. This being my first season fully committed to GFC has definitely helped."
It is amazing what a difference one or two goals can make, as Pereira explains.
"Scoring, especially important goals, has made me start to feel like myself again. You start to want the ball more and not shy away. For my goal against Faversham, I was confident to get into the right place for when the ball broke to me, and I was able to be decisive putting it straight into the bottom corner.
"There have been many times when I've played and not even had a shot - now I want to get off as many shots as I can.
"Faversham is obviously a good ground for me since I have got the winner there twice."
Pereira is determined not to let his purple patch be a flash in the pan and hopes to contribute plenty more going forward.
"I'll have to work hard to keep up what I've been doing," he said. "I'll do my best to help the team out when needed."