WEXFORD Youths Women’s AFC striker Carol Breen has been named FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League Player of the Month for October.

The Waterford native has played her part in helping the Model County outfit to the top of the division and Breen hopes that her side can maintain their title challenge over the length of the season.

“We set ourselves a goal at the start of season to be up there competing amongst the teams competing for the title,” she admitted.


“We wanted to close the gap on the title chasers. We’re delighted with how it has gone so far. It is a case of so far so good but there’s a very long way to go yet.”

While Wexford lead from main contenders Raheny United and UCD Waves, the experienced Youths player was surprised when she was singled out for attention.

“I was very surprised to be named as the player of the month for the league but I’m delighted obviously,” she said.

“It’s been a challenge playing in the FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League. This is my first year in it. Everybody has been very welcoming at Wexford and I’m enjoying it.

“I was away for a couple of years in Australia and Canada and didn’t play that much soccer while I was travelling but once I was coming home I wanted to give it a try at this level.


“Wexford were in contact with me and it made sense to go there.

“I played for Benfica in Waterford for several years. The club has a great reputation in women’s football but the team is probably not as strong as it used to be – a few players left to go to Wexford and now there are more clubs in Waterford so the talent is more spread out.”

A graduate of Business at Waterford IT, Breen was a very talented player as a teenager and won U17 caps under Marie Price-Bolger and U19 caps under Sue Ronan.

Amongst her underage international colleagues were Marie Curtin, Niamh Fahey, Edel Malone and one Katie Taylor.

“It is a few years ago now when I won those underage caps. I’ve been really impressed with the league,” said Breen


“The standard is so good in comparison to what it was a few years ago. It is a challenge playing at that level.”

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