There has been a calmness about Galway WFC this season, where each player trusts the next and a quiet confidence cascades through the spine of the team.

That all starts with the goalkeeper. And in this case, with Amanda Budden. She has not played every game but when she is between the posts Galway are a better all-round team.

The Cork native has registered one clean sheet so far, but the Tribeswomen have one game in hand and will be looking to finish Phase 2 on a high after they made the cut to be amongst the League's top teams in Group 1.

Budden has a bit of everything required to be a top goalkeeper. She is a solid shot-stopper, her kicking gets her team up the pitch, she is alert at set-pieces, and she is quick to come off her line when she senses danger.

It is those reasons why the former Cork City No 1 was originally called up to the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team and why former manager Colin Bell gave her a run-out in the win over Northern Ireland. She was identified as being good enough to have a closer look. Could the same thing happen again?

Certainly her Galway team-mates think so. Ask anyone who has been part of the squad this season and they will preach about Budden's determination to improve and her influence on games. It is something that they believe marks her out as one of the best goalkeepers in the League.

Currently, Peamount United's Niamh Reid-Burke is ahead of her in Vera Pauw's plans when it comes to home-based goalkeepers, while Bohemians' Courtney Maguire, Cork City's Maria O'Sullivan, DLR Waves' Eve Badana, and Shelbourne's Rachael Kelly have all fared well this season.

Budden, however, will feel that she has more experience than most of those contenders - with the exception of Reid-Burke - and can offer something to the WNT right now rather than potentially emerging as an option in the next couple of years. She is simply further along in her development as a senior player.

Consistency is a goalkeeper's best friend so that is all Budden can hope for in the remaining games of the season. Who knows what might happen then? But it's good news either way for Pauw if more goalkeepers are performing at a high level and eager to prove themselves, like Budden is.