It wasn't that long ago that Carla McManus made casual viewers of women's football aware of her talent to score goals.

When involved with the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-17s, she scored five times in the Qualifying Round of the UEFA WU17 European Championships - including a hat-trick against Faroe Islands.

Ireland struggled at the EURO Finals tournament in Czech Republic but McManus was already marked out as being a future star player. In fact, she made the step up to Under-19 level without any problems; scoring twice in a win over Estonia in her first year and twice more in the second year.

However, her club career did not take off in the same way. Peamount United knew how talented she was and did not want to let her go, but opportunities in the first team were limited due to the calibre of experienced players ahead of her in the pecking order.

McManus was eager to prove herself in the Women's National League and took the bold decision to join Kilkenny United. Even though they were bottom of the table, it was a chance for the free-scoring forward to get some game-time and experience elite football.

Kilkenny didn't work out - she scored just the one goal - and they left the League ahead of the 2020 season, so McManus was on the move again. DLR Waves showed interest and even though she had to work her way back to fitness following injury the club took a chance on her.

It has taken some time for her to come into Graham Kelly's plans, but now that she is training regularly she is an option in their attack. There is stiff competition up front, with Katie Malone consistently catching the eye, but McManus does the hardest thing in football and that is scoring goals.

Kelly will hope to get more out of McManus in the remaining games this season and if she gets the service that she craves then don't be surprised if the ball ends up in the back of the net time and again. All she needs is time, confidence and the ball at her feet.