Galway WFC's Rachel Kearns has been named as the first SSE Airtricity Women's National League Player of the Month this season.
SSE Airtricity’s commitment to the Women's National League is demonstrative of the growing interest in the women’s game in Ireland. Our commitment comes at a crucial time in its development. Football clubs sit at the heart of their communities and by working closely with the FAI, clubs and players we believe this partnership can be a key to increasing participation, development and the wider visibility of the women’s game in Ireland. The first Player of the month award marks a new era and celebration of our sponsorship and support of the women’s league players.
Leanne Sheill, Marketing Manager at SSE Airtricity, commented: “Congratulations to Rachel on a fantastic start to the season. We are delighted to announce Rachel as the winner of the first SSE Airtricity Women’s National League Player of the Month award. “The commitment and quality shown by all players so far this season is a joy to watch and Rachel has really shown her excellence in front of goal to lead the top goalscorer chart. This is our first year as proud sponsor of the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League and we look forward to announcing many more Player of the Month award winners this season.”
The Mayo native is currently leading the Top Goalscorer chart too. "I'm currently Number One in the Golden Boot race but at the start of the year it wasn't even a goal," says Kearns. "I was just going out to see how I got on, I didn't put any pressure on myself, I just going out to enjoy myself and play. But in the first game I happened to get a hat-trick so that got off to a good start and I was leading from the start. Then I got a goal in every game since I've played.
"It's great to be Number One but some of the girls are catching up now, like Ellen Molloy is coming up now in second place. She will put it up to me. Hopefully when I get back (from injury) I'll try and score a few more goals and see how it goes."
Speaking about the first time that the monthly award has been supported by SSE Airtricity, Kearns believes that the League sponsors have helped to elevate standards since signing up. "It's great that SSE Airtricity came onboard this year. They were the men's main sponsor so it was great that they came on with the women's side of things as well," said Kearns.
"The publicity is great. They are on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, everyone knows what every team is doing with the scores and all of the games ahead, so it's brilliant that they are on-board.’’
Congratulations to all nominated players this month, Treaty United's Aoife Horgan and Wexford Youths' Ellen Molloy finished second and third respectively.