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