Duggan awarded top honour at Women’s National League awards

by Stephen Findlater

Peamount United midfielder Karen Duggan was named the 2020 Women’s National League Player of the Season on Sunday, the second time she has achieved this honour, after consistently standing out in her club’s league and FAI Women’s Cup double. 

Duggan pipped club-mates Aine O’Gorman and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Cork City’s Saoirse Noonan and Shelbourne’s Pearl Slattery to the main award. 

“It definitely is my best season in football,” she said of the award. “Winning the League last season was a monkey off our back for Peamount United, we felt like we were getting the club back to where it belonged. 

“But with everything that happened this year, the group of girls that we have and finally getting our hands on the Cup trophy after many disappointments there, it was just a magnificent season. 

“We really kicked on this year and it was such a tight-knit group and I’m just happy that we were able to repay all of the work that the people on the ground at the club deserve.” 

Duggan was also named in the Team of the Season for a record sixth time. She was joined by Peamount team-mates Niamh Farrelly, Claire Walsh, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Aine O’Gorman. 

Shelbourne had captain Pearl Slattery and midfielder Jessica Ziu make the XI, while DLR Waves goalkeeper Eve Badana was also in the line-up. 

Awards were given to the Top Goalscorer, Aine O’Gorman, who netted 14 goals in 12 League games to win the golden boot for the third time, and the holder of the Most Clean Sheets, Rachael Kelly, who recorded five shut-outs for Shelbourne. 

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