Hum­ble teen on tar­get

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JESS LEE

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 football star claimed all five goals in a strik­ing sec­ond half come­back from 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 a di­vi­sion above Metro in the first di­vi­sion of the Auck­landNorth­ern con­fer­ence.

But Jade man­aged to turn around a two-goal deficit to as­sert a 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 di­rec­tor of coach­ing Ants Owens says Jade is a very tal­ented player.

‘‘Her per­for­mance last week was noth­ing short of ex­cep­tional. While 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.

But a hum­ble Jade says she was sim­ply do­ing her job on the pitch.

She is al­ready catch­ing the at­ten­tion of se­lec­tors hav­ing been picked for the NZ Football Tal­ent Ac­cel­er­a­tion Pro­gramme, a path­way for se­lec- tion to national squads.

‘‘That’s a big goal of mine. To play for the Football Ferns un­der-17 team would be amaz­ing,’’ she says.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Ex­cep­tional per­for­mance: Metro Football Club’s Jade Par­ris is prov­ing her worth on the pitch.

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