Amber Barrett named Women’s National League Player of the Year

Amber Barrett of Peamount United with her Senior player of the year trophy and golden boot award during Continental Tyres Women's National League Awards at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Donegal’s Amber Barrett was the star of today’s Women's National League awards as the Peamount United striker scooped the Player of the Year and Golden Boot awards.

Barrett pipped UCD Waves midfielder Karen Duggan and Cork striker Clare Shine to the Senior Player of the Year award after a fantastic season which has helped her breakthrough into Colin Bell's Republic of Ireland Women's senior squad.

With an outstanding 16 goals during the campaign, the Peamount ace was also crowned the Irish Daily Mail Golden Boot winner.

Barrett said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to stand here with the Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot award.

"I've got to thank all of my team-mates and the staff at Peamount United who've really helped me find another level this season and has helped me break into the international team as well. I decided to give up my other sport during the season and that has really helped me concentrate on improving my game.

"It was tough to finish second in the league behind Wexford Youths but it shows the quality we've got in the young squad we have and I'm positive we'll bounce back next season and provide another title challenge.

"It's been a fantastic season and after a short break, I can't wait to get back next season and hopefully continue to improve for Peamount but also help Ireland get to a World Cup."