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21 Jan 2022

Kilkenny duo Duggan and Molloy named on SSE Airtricity Women's National League Team of the Year

Kilkenny duo Duggan and Molloy named on SSE Airtricity Women's National League Team of the Year

The 2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League Awards took place on Wednesday evening and there was double Kilkenny success with both Karen Duggan and Ellen Molloy selected on the team of the year.

Duggan was one of two Peamount United stars alongside top goal scorer Aine O'Gorman while Molloy was part of a five strong Wexford Youths contingent that included Lauren Dwyer, Kylie Murphy, Aoibheann Clancy and Ciara Rossiter after the club won the Evoke FAI Cup last month.

The Kilkenny duo who won the player of the year and young player of the year gongs in 2020 were again nominated for individual honours but eventually lost out.

Wexford Youths captain Kylie Murphy claimed the Player of the Year Award, ahead of Galway WFC's Savannah McCarthy and Peamount United's Karen Duggan.

It is the first time that Murphy has won this award, while her club-mate Aoibheann Clancy won the Young Player of the Year Award, pipping colleague Ellen Molloy and Shelbourne's Jessie Stapleton.

The Manager of the Year Award went to Noel King after he guided Shelbourne to the League title and runners-up in the EVOKE.ie FAI Women's Cup Final. DLR Waves boss Graham Kelly and Peamount United's James O'Callaghan were also nominated.

The EVOKE.ie Golden Boot went to Peamount's Áine O'Gorman for the third time in her career after scoring 16 goals, while the Bank of Ireland Golden Gloves was snapped up by Shelbourne's Amanda Budden for registering 12 clean sheets.

In the EA SPORTS National Underage Leagues, the Under-19 award went to Galway WFC's Abbie Callanan and the Under-17 award to Treaty United's Michaela Lawrence.

Due to restrictions around COVID-19, the Awards ceremony could not take place so a special show - hosted by Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh and Shane Dawson - was shown live on LOITV.

2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League Winners

SSE Airtricity Women's National League Player of the Year
Kylie Murphy (Wexford Youths)

SSE Airtricity Women's National League Young Player of the Year
Aoibheann Clancy (Wexford Youths)

SSE Airtricity Women's National League Manager of the Year
Noel King (Shelbourne)

EVOKE.ie Golden Boot Winner
Áine O'Gorman (Peamount United)

Bank of Ireland Golden Gloves Winner
Amanda Budden (Shelbourne)

EA SPORTS Women's Under-19 National League Player of the Year
Abbie Callanan (Galway WFC)

EA SPORTS Women's Under-17 National League Player of the Year
Michaela Lawrence (Treaty United)

SSE Airtricity Women's National League Team of the Year
Eve Badana (DLR Waves)
Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne)
Lauren Dwyer (Wexford Youths)
Savannah McCarthy (Galway WFC)
Áine O'Gorman (Peamount United)
Ciara Grant (Shelbourne)
Karen Duggan (Peamount United)
Aoibheann Clancy (Wexford Youths)
Ciara Rossiter (Wexford Youths)
Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths)
Kylie Murphy (Wexford Youths)

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