Duggan, McCarthy and Murphy all in line for WNL Player of the Year

Thu, Nov 18 2021
Emmily Corbet, of Athlone Town and Galway WFC's Savannah McCarthy, in action, during the Athlone Town v Galway WFC WNL match at Athlone Town Stadium, Athlone on Saturday, 3 August 2021.

Savannah McCarthy could become the first Galway player to win the award. Credit: Gerry Shanahan (ETPhotos)

The nominations for the 2021 Women’s National League Player of the Season have been announced with Peamount United’s Karen Duggan in line to pick up the award for a second year in a row.

Also shortlisted are Galway’s Savannah McCarthy and Wexford Youths Kylie Murphy.

Should Duggan be named the winner for this season it will be her third time to be named Player of the Season having also won the award for 2020 and for the 2015/16 season.

Kylie Murphy could be following the footsteps of former Youths teammate Rianna Jarrett who won the award twice, in 2018 and 2019.

The nominees for Young Player of the Season have also been revealed with 2020 winner Ellen Molloy of Wexford Youths nominated once again.

Her Wexford Youths teammate Aoibheann Clancy and Shelbourne’s Jessie Stapleton are also nominated.

Shels’ Noel King and Peamount United’s James O’Callaghan have both been nominated for Manger of the Year, with King’s Reds claiming the WNL title on the last day of the season at the expense of runners up Peamount.

DLR Waves’ Graham Kelly completes the shortlist after a season which saw the manager lead his side to a very strong fourth place finish.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, 1 December at the Women’s National league Awards.

Peamount United’s Aine O’Gorman will be presented with her Golden Boot award, while Shelbourne’s Amanda Budden will receive the award for most clean sheets throughout the season.

The WNL Team of the Year will also be named, along with the under-19 and under-17 Player of the Seaosn.

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