Ask Google to describe a phenomenal person and it will explain that that person is always moving forward. They are always pushing to succeed in everything they do. They have strong drive, recognise complacency, and conquer it gracefully.

That is how everyone should see Aine O’Gorman.

The Peamount United captain is quite special. In Irish footballing terms, she is a future Hall of Fame inductee, someone who has been a hero to young girls for over a decade, and one of the best women’s players to pull on the Republic of Ireland jersey (102 times so far).

In terms of the Women’s National League, she is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time). Well, at least she should be viewed in those terms considering her longevity – around from the very start – her impact on games, her success with Peamount and UCD Waves, and her goals (over 135 and counting).

Upon entering into her 10th League season, O’Gorman showed no signs of slowing down as she targeted more silverware with the reigning champions. In four games played in the 2020 campaign, she has netted six times and has emerged as a contender to win the Golden Boot award for top goalscorer for the third time in her career.

Every team would love to have O’Gorman in their line-up. She is a natural leader because her determination to succeed ensures that her motivation and work ethic always remain high. That rubs off on the players around her and it is why her teams have always been in the hunt for trophies.

Back involved with the Ireland WNT set-up following a brief retirement, O’Gorman has emerged as a key player for Vera Pauw’s side – even though she has been so far used in different positions. Surely, though, that is the sign of a quality player – one who is able to contribute in any area they are asked to take up?

For Peamount, she is very much a leading light in their attack. The link-up play with Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Alannah McEvoy, Megan Smyth-Lynch, and Stephanie Roche has been a joy to watch so far this season. And that’s something she has been doing for years. Whether it was Sara Lawlor or Amber Barrett, her team-mates always knew that O’Gorman would create space and supply either the perfect pass or a killer finish.

There isn’t any indication that O’Gorman will be hanging the boots up any time soon, but, still, people should be rushing to see in her action now. Whether that is via a live stream in these COVID times or in attendance when, hopefully, things return to normality, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this truly special player in her prime.