Republic of Ireland international duo Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn have signed new contracts with English Super League side Arsenal.
Kilnamanagh native McCabe and former Peamount United player Quinn were part of the successful Gunners side that played in front of 45,000 at the FA Cup final last month.
Arsenal lost at Wembley, but the pair both featured as double winners Chelsea proved too clinical for their London rivals.
The Gunners also managed a respectable third-placed finish in the Women’s Super League – a point behind Manchester City and a place in next season’s Champions League.
Both players have become key players under new coach Joe Montemurro and have been rewarded with deals to keep them at Highbury for at least the 2018/19 season.
“Katie and Louise are both very talented players,” Montemurro said.
“They both bring so much to our squad. Louise is a strong, talented and committed defender and Katie is a technical and intelligent player.”
22-year-old McCabe, a natural winger, has found a new role at left back since her return from a loan spell with Glasgow City at the end of 2017.
The Ireland captain – who was handed the armband by Colin Bell at just 21 years old – joined at the end of 2015 from Women’s National League champions Shelbourne.
Under her leadership, the Girls in Green shot to the top of their World Cup qualifying group with results including an away draw with European champions the Netherlands.
Three successive defeats since then brought to an end their dreams of reaching France, but McCabe has reaped the benefits on-field of her promotion to a position of responsibility.
“Being announced captain at such a young age was something different for everybody I think.
“For me, I’m always learning from the older girls in the squad and Colin Bell himself, all about how I can lead the team in the best way possible.”
Quinn started out at Peamount and was part of the side that won the Women’s National League in 2012 before a spell in Sweden with Eskilstuna.
She originally signed for Notts County in England but the club folded on the eve of the season and she signed for Arsenal instead.
McCabe added of Quinn: “She’s a presence on and off the pitch and I’ve learnt a lot from her. I always have that role model to ask for help if I need it, and she’s been fantastic since coming here.
“She has that real leader presence which I strongly admire, and she really sets the tone in training and in games with her intensity and her work-rate.”