Life is good for Saoirse Noonan right now as the Cork City forward has been recognised for her outstanding performances in the past couple of weeks.

Part of a Cork team which won five games in a row, Noonan was selected as the Barretstown / Women's National League Player of the Month for September.

The gifted attacker scored in the wins over Athlone Town and Wexford Youths to bring her total tally up to three goals for the season and her form has been difficult not to notice.

Certainly Cork are benefitting from her contributions with her passing and attacking statistics improving with each game played, but her game management and footballing intelligence has also proved to be key to her team's success.

Even though he always focuses on the team as a whole, Cork manager Ronan Collins knows just how much Noonan deserves this award.

"Saoirse has loads of ability and talent, but sometimes we forget how young she is as she only turned 21 recently. During lockdown she put a lot of effort into herself and that is bearing fruits now," said Collins.

"She is very good on taking on information on the pitch...we might be ahead in a game and need to close it out and she executes our instructions perfectly. Her role is quite varied but she has fulfilled every task we have given her.

"We have definitely seen her leadership skills grow and that is shown not just in her six assists and quality in finding a pass but in her growth as a player. She is very hungry to be successful and wants to drive her team on to be a success.

"Over the past number of weeks we have put the focus on performance with the hope that the results will come - and they have. The girls have been great with that and with taking on the responsibility of solving problems on the pitch. In other words, they are doing work that people might not always see and that is the same with Saoirse - she is benefitting from the work that she does off the pitch as much as on it."

2020 Barretstown / Women's Player of the Month Winners
August: Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths)
September: Saoirse Noonan (Cork City)