Last-minute goal seals na­tional cham­pi­onship

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A last minute goal from star player Jade Par­ris saw Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School’s first XI girls’ foot­ball side crowned New Zealand Se­condary School cham­pi­ons.

The team turned the ta­bles on Ran­gi­toto Col­lege, the side they lost to at the Auck­land Knock­out Cup last month, by beat­ing them 1-0 to take the na­tional ti­tle on Septem­ber 6.

Mt Al­bert striker Jade scored the win­ning goal from a penalty late in the match.

Coach Paul Mar­shall says the girls were ‘‘magic’’ and pulled off an out­stand­ing vic­tory.

‘‘We were bril­liant out of pos­ses­sion and won the ball back ev­ery time set­ting the plat­form for the win.

‘‘We cre­ated some very good scor- ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and even­tu­ally got a de­ci­sive penalty.’’

The team won ev­ery game they played dur­ing the week.

Photo: PHILLIP ROLLO

Magic: Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School’s Jade Par­ris, left, cel­e­brates scor­ing her win­ning goal with team mates Amelia Hawkins, Leah Met­tam and Madeleine Cooper.

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