AINE O’GORMAN was today presented with the FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League Player of the Month award for November and December.

The UCD Waves striker was in prolific form before Christmas including a five-goal haul against Cork City Women’s FC and scored away to Castlebar Celtic in the league. O’Gorman also scored a goal in the FAI Continental Tyres Women’s Cup Final against Raheny United at Aviva Stadium.

O’Gorman, 25, claims that despite her success she was actually surprised when she heard she had been chosen as the Player of the Month.

“I don’t really think about individual awards. It’s a nice individual bonus obviously but I’d rather have lifted the cup than win this award,” she said.

“I’ve been doing alright and scored a few goals, some important ones too, but ultimately football is a team game and it’s the team’s results that matter most.”

The Wicklow native has been used as an attacking right-back at national team level in recent months but feels happiest in front of goal where she performs for Waves week-in week-out.

“I’m back playing centre-forward again. I don’t plan on moving out of there! I am happy to play right-back if I’m asked by Sue Ronan with the national team but I see myself as a striker,” she said.

“The club focus is all on getting back in the title race. We can’t afford to drop any more points - we’ve a big challenge ahead of us to win the league this year but it’s still doable.

“We will look to get off to a good start against Wexford Youths when we return from our international camp in La Manga next week.”

O’Gorman is a personal fitness trainer and is at her busiest in these months as the public returns to the gym following the Christmas celebrations.

“I’m flat out with personal training now. I’m based in Glenview Leisure Centre and I’m really enjoying it there,” she added.

 

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