Peamount United winger Heather Payne has been named the Continental Tyres Women's National League Player of the Month for October.

The 17-year old enjoyed an outstanding month where she netted a classy hat-trick in the 5-2 win over Cork City WFC and scored the winning goal in the final minute of the game against UCD Waves.

Peamount had a fantastic October where they recorded three wins out of three against Shelbourne, Cork and UCD Waves to force the final day title showdown at Ferrycarrig Park against Wexford Youths. Youths secured a 2-0 win over Peamount to win the WNL title as Peamount finished in an impressive second-place.

The Republic of Ireland international is currently with the senior squad preparing for next Tuesday's trip to the Netherlands to face the European Champions in their FIFA 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Payne was presented the Continental Tyres Women's National League October Player of the Month award by Republic of Ireland WNT Head Coach Colin Bell, and the Peamount winger was delighted to win her first POTM accolade.

The Galway-born winger said: "I'm delighted to win the Player of the Month and I'd like to thank my teammates, the club and my family for all the support they given me throughout the season.

"The final day defeat against Wexford Youths was a tough one to take as we came so close to winning the title but on reflection, we've had a really good season. We've got a really young squad at Peamount but everyone parted their part and really helped push us on this season.

"Seeing how well we've done this season, I definitely think we can push on next season and I'm already really looking forward to it.

"I really enjoyed scoring the hat-trick of course but the goal against UCD was just as important. It was in the final minute so got us the win we needed and it was also a great team move.

"I'd like to thank the sponsors Continental Tyres for the award and hopefully we can continue to progress next season in the Women's National League."

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