Jade puts on her golden boots
Jade Parris spearheaded one of the biggest upsets of the women’s football season for Metro FC and has her eye set on a place in the Football Ferns squad.
The 15-year-old claimed all five goals in a striking second half comeback by the Mt Albert side in the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup second qualification round on May 12.
Bay Olympic kicked the game off as favourites, sitting one division above Metro in the first division of the Auckland Northern conference.
But Jade managed to turn around a two-goal deficit to create the 5-2 upset.
The Mt Albert striker didn’t stop there.
She went on to claim six goals for the Metro side in a stunning 9-0 win against Onehunga Mangere on May 19.
Metro FC coaching director Ants Owens says: ‘‘Her performance last week was nothing short of exceptional. Whilst a great team performance, Jade stood out and took the chances with great skill.’’
Jade has the ability to go to the very top of New Zealand football, he says.
‘‘With such a mature and positive outlook I have no doubt we will see her reach those heights in the near future.’’
But a humble Jade says she was just simply doing her job on the pitch.
She is already catching the attention of selectors having been picked for the national football talent acceleration programme which acts as a pathway for selection into national squads.
‘‘That’s a big goal of mine.
‘‘To play for the Football Ferns under-17 team would be amazing,’’ she says.
For now though, doing her job.
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Exceptional performance: Metro Football Club’s Jade Parris is proving her worth on the pitch.