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By DAVE HOOPER
The art of goalscoring is one few seem to be able to master.
In the game of association football, it is the goalscorer who is the most sought-after of all players.
Forget about the excellent goalkeeper, the rugged defender or the creative midfielder. The No 9, the centre forward, striker, is king or queen in their respective team.
Looking around the Continental Tyres Women’s National League, there is no shortage of out-and-out goalscorers and the vintage of 2015/16 deserve some attention.
Across the League, WNL Cup, Shield and WFAI Cup, 77 players have found the net for their own team - and one goal for the other team but we’ll stick with the positives.
76 players finding the net on 238 occasions. Well, the statisticians will tell you that’s 3.13 goals per player, which is a fantastic return rate.
So let’s delve a little deeper into the numbers, 35 players have scored a single goal so far this season, meaning 41 players have found the net 203 times.
4.95 goals each from those 41 players I hear you shout! “That impressive maths” is my reply.
So let’s have a look to see who is chasing this year’s golden boot...
Lisa Murphy, now of Kilkenny United, then of Shelbourne Under 18, was the sharpest in the WFAI this season, finding the net on five occasions.
Gertie Dowd, Noelle Murray (pictured above) and Claire O’Riordan have all scored on three occasions with 22 players having scored 36 goals between them.
As the Shield Final has yet to be played and a number of WNL Cup and League games are to be rescheduled, we will look solely at the League for this column. So O'Riordan tops the charts with nine goals, followed closely by Wexford Youths WFC team-mate Kylie Murphy, who is on seven goals.
Last year’s golden boot winner Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves) holds third place with six, followed by another Wexford player Emma Hansberry and Galway WFC's Lynsey McKey with four apiece.
The next tier makes the most interesting reading, however, as former Galway WFC defender Savannah McCarthy (now with Glasgow City) and Katie McCabe (now with Arsenal) along with her old Shelbourne Ladies club-mates Murray and Sinead Taylor have three goals each.
At the season’s opening weekend, McCarthy, McCabe and Taylor (who is overseas with the Defence Forces) would have seen good odds to claim the coveted prize, one thing is for sure, there is many twists left in the League’s golden sub plot.
 
Top Goal scorer per club – All competitions
Castlebar Celtic: Rachel Kearns – 5 Goals
Cork City WFC: Ciara Desmond – 5 Goals
Galway WFC: Lynsey McKey – 11 Goals
Kilkenny United WFC: Jenny Clifford/Jenny O’Keefe – 2 Goals
Peamount United: Amber Barrett - 6 Goals
Shelbourne Ladies FC: Noelle Murray – 13 Goals
UCD Waves: Aine O’Gorman – 14 Goals
Wexford Youths WFC: Claire O’Riordan – 19 Goals