Ryan Doyle claims WNL Player of the Month award for May

Thu, Jun 03 2021
Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Becky Watkins during Peamount United's 2-0 win over DLR Waves on Saturday, 22 May 2021.

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Becky Watkins during Peamount United's 2-0 win over DLR Waves on Saturday, 22 May 2021. Credit: Al Robinson (ETPhotos)

Peamount United’s Eleanor Ryan Doyle has been announced as the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League Player of the Month for May.

The striker scored seven times across Peamount United’s five games in May and the current WNL Champions currently sit top of the table having won all of their games this season.

Ryan Doyle has ten goals for the entire campaign so far and she is currently the leading goal scorer in the WNL with April’s Player of the Month Rachel Kearns in second place, with six goals.

"Winning the Player of the Month, I'm delighted. It's obviously an individual award but you can't really play a team sport and be individual so obviously the girls have helped me to get this," she told the WNL website

"I'm really delighted about it but we need to push on and win team awards as well. Can we go unbeaten? It's hard to do.

“I think it's something that we looked at last year but Wexford beat us in the League. I think this season we can go on and do it but we need to take one game at a time."

Ryan Doyle emphasised the importance of the team that is in place at Peamount as they look to win their third WNL title in a row.

"Áine [O’Gorman] is a great player and she is someone that I obviously look up to. She has some experience with Ireland and playing overseas as well, so I think it's a player that I look up to and who drives me in each match and every season," she said.

"Whoever scores it doesn't really matter who scores once we get the goals and the clean sheets. I think it's important that we continue playing well, scoring the goals and progressing on from there."

The 23 year old finished top of the voting for the May award with Wexford Youths’ Ciara Rossiter and Athlone Town’s Muireann Devaney finishing second and third.

Also nominated were DLR Waves’ Shauna Carroll and Shelbourne’s Jess Stapleton and Emily Whelan.

Ryan Doyle is back in action this weekend when Peamount United host Wexford Youths at PRL Park on Saturday (kick-off 6pm).

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