Continental Stars of Women’s Soccer

Continental Tyres continued their strong support of Women’s Football in Ireland this week with the hosting of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Awards in the Guinness Storehouse.

Peamount United striker Amber Barrett was the star of the show as she scooped the Player of the Year and Golden Boot awards.

Following Cork City WFC’s Continental Tyres FAI Women’s Cup final win last Sunday, Saoirse Noonan was crowned the Young Player of the Year, while the Team of the Year was also announced at the ceremony.

Cork City supplied three players on the team, as did Peamount United with UCD Waves and Wexford Youths each supplying two and Shelbourne Ladies one.

Barrett pipped UCD Waves midfielder Karen Duggan and Cork striker Clare Shine to the Senior Player of the Year award after a fantastic season which has helped her breakthrough into Colin Bell’s Republic of Ireland Women’s senior squad.

With an outstanding 16 goals during the campaign, the Peamount ace was also crowned the Irish Daily Mail Golden Boot winner.

Noonan pipped Peamount duo Heather Payne and Niamh Farrelly to the Young Player of the Year award.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to stand here with the Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot award,” said Barrett.

“I’ve got to thank all of my team-mates and the staff at Peamount United who’ve really helped me find another level this season and has helped me break into the international team as well.”

Barrett stepped away from the Donegal Ladies Football squad earlier this year to concentrate on soccer and was rewarded with a call-up to the full INternational squad after captaining Ireland at the World University Games during the summer.

“It was tough to finish second in the league behind Wexford Youths but it shows the quality we’ve got in the young squad we have and I’m positive we’ll bounce back next season and provide another title challenge.”

“It’s been a fantastic season and after a short break, I can’t wait to get back next season and hopefully continue to improve for Peamount but also help Ireland get to a World Cup.”

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