Peas playmaker sets her sights on Ireland recall

by Dave Donnelly

Peamount United playmaker Eleanor Ryan Doyle has set her sights on a recall to the senior international team after sealing the league title with the clubs.

Ryan Doyle is one of three Peas, alongside Aine O’Gorman and Megan Smyth-Lynch, to have been nominated for So Hotels Women’s National League player of the year.

The three scored a combined 57 of a total 93 goals as Peamount edged out Dublin rivals Shelbourne to pick up their first league title since the inaugural season in 2012.

Ryan Doyle scored four times, while Smyth-Lynch and captain O’Gorman each picked up braces, as Peamount sealed the league title with an 8-1 final-day win over Cork City.

She was on target, along with senior international Karen Duggan, in the FAI Cup final against Wexford Youths but James O’Callaghan’s side missed out on the double thanks to a 3-2 defeat.

“I’ve worked hard but I can’t really do it without the players behind me,” Ryan Doyle told the Dublin Gazette.

“There are 11 players out on the pitch, so they’ve driven me on the whole season. I’ve really pushed myself and got better this season and hopefully we can do the job.”

Ryan Doyle, a fourth-year student of sports management and coaching at TU Dublin Blanchardstown, has been with Peamount since she was eight years old.

Aside from an 18-month spell with UCD Waves, the Lucan native has come through the ranks exclusively with her local club and feels she owes them a lot.

And while she wouldn’t turn down the opportunity of playing professional football abroad if it arose, for now, her goal is to break back into the international fold.

Former Netherlands and Scotland coach Vera Pauw was unveiled as the new national team coach last year and will be assisted by Ryan Doyle’s former manager at Peamount, Eileen Gleeson.

“Hopefully I can try to get back into the senior team and I’m working hard [to do that] at the moment,” she said.

“I hope to get noticed by the new manager, Vera, and Eileen obviously. Hopefully I can continue on and push hard in pre-season and get back in the team.

“I’ve talked to her a little bit. We had a home-based training, so that was good.

“She got a look at a few players, home-based National League players, so hopefully she comes to matches.

“I know Eileen has been looking, and a few scouts are looking, so it’s good.”

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