Courageous Cara stars as Priory claim poignant win

Priory Parkside Under 15 girls team.

Priory Parkside Under 15 girls team. - Credit: Archant

A local football team have dedicated their weekend win to the late father of one of their players.

The Priory Parkside Under 15 side continued their charge towards the Cambs Women’s & Girls League B Division title with a 5-1 victory against Swavesey Institute last Saturday.

It was a particularly poignant success for goalkeeper Cara Symmons, whose father Andy was killed in a road accident in Huntingdon last week.

Priory Parkside manager Gary Smith explained: “I called Cara’s mum last Friday to explain that I would be postponing the game as a mark of respect following Andy’s death.

“But Cara was adamant that she not only wanted the game to go ahead, but also wanted to play in it.


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“She showed huge bravery and that is why she was awarded the player-of-the-match award.”

Priory Parkside fell behind early on and still trailed at half-time, but they enjoyed a second-half scoring spree to extend their proud 100 per cent record to 15 matches and move to within one win of clinching the championship crown.

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Alisha Kandekore hit the equaliser before Chloe Smith intercepted a clearance from the Swavesey goalkeeper and fired into the bottom corner.

And Priory Parkside quickly increased their lead with Madi O’Connor converting a Cerys Richards pass.

Megan Cole volleyed in a fourth goal before Holly Wisson completed the scoring.

Priory Parkside will wrap up a second successive title if they beat Royston Town in their next fixture on February 27.

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