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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Rianna is young player of year

Published 21/05/2013 | 05:30

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LIZ EVERED from Ferns United has came out on top as Premier top scorer for the seventh time as her impressive tally saw her leave her closest rivals well behind, with Vanessa Ogbonna from Tramore her closest contender.

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North End's Leanne O'Reilly took the scoring honours in Division 1A, finishing just ahead of Kilmore United's Katrina Parrock, while Kellie Keating of New Ross Town just pipped Corach Ramblers' Ciara Roche for top scorer in Division 1B.

Division 2A champions All Blacks supplied the top scorer in that division, with Róisín Furlong coming out on top just ahead of Shannon O'Brien of Rosslare Rangers. Caitríona Murray of Castledockerell was runaway winner in Division 2B with Megan Murray of Camolin Celtic her only serious challenger.

A closely-contested vote for Premier player of the year saw Adamstown's Danielle Martin follow in the footsteps of her sister, Chantelle, who won the award last year, and pip Tramore's Vanessa Ogbonna and Benfica's Becky Conroy for the award.

Division 1A was won by Kilmore United's Katrina Parrock, just pipping Tracey Byrne from Killenagh for the award, while Lisa Johnston from St. Joseph's was a comfortable winner of Division 1B.

Aoife Morrissey of Taghmon was a runaway winner in Division 2A while Caitríona Murray made it a double in Division 2B when adding the player of the year to her top scorer award.

All the winners will be presented with their awards at a function in the Riverbank House Hotel on Friday, June 21, when Wexford Youths Women will also be presented with their club awards.

Our National League squad's successful season was recognised when the team of the season was announced last week with three players named on the eleven. Goalkeeper Mary Rose Kelly rounded off a great season by being named as the league's best 'keeper while Lauren Dwyer was honoured at centre-back and Rianna Jarrett rounded off the season by being named as a forward.

Lauren and Rianna had already picked up player of the month awards during the season while Mary Rose had impressed all year as Wexford Youth Women made a serious push for league honours. Better known for her exploits with the Wexford Senior football team, Mary Rose has won a G.A.A. All Star in the past but her achievement in making such an impact in wthe omen's national league must equal that as she only signed for the club at the start of this season.

Although she barely turned 16 in time to sign for the club this season, Lauren has made an immediate impact in the league and despite her young age she has become a vital part of the starting eleven and has a massive future as a player within the league and internationally.

Rianna was nominated for young player of the year as well as Senior player of the year and she was successful as she was named as young player of the year in a season that also saw her finish fourth-highest top scorer in the league. She would have finished higher only for her serious injury near the end of the season.

All three were presented with their awards at a dinner in the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday last where Rianna also received her young player of the year award.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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