Northern Ireland midfielder Rachel Furness has won the FA Women’s Championship player of the month award for September.
Furness was nominated alongside Beth Hepple and Rebecca Salicki from Durham and Katie Wilkinson of Sheffield United for the accolade. The combative midfielder was named vice-captain of the Reds in August and has started the FA Women’s Championship season on top form, scoring four times during the month.
She also netted twice in the Continental Cup game for the Reds over Manchester United at Prenton Park in a game that Liverpool won 3-1 against Women’s Super League opposition.
Liverpool who currently sits 3rd in the table have started the season with three wins in the league a draw and one defeat away to Leicester City on Sunday.
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Furness scored in the opening day draw with Durham before adding to her record against London Bee’s as the Reds won 3-0 away from home and then she netted a brace against Charlton Athletic in a convincing 4-0 victory.
It was also a successful month on the International scene for the midfielder as she scored in Northern Ireland’s Euro qualifying 6-0 win away to the Faroe Island’s to set Kenny Shiels side on their way to a crucial three points in Torshavn.
On being named Liverpool’s vice-captain at the start of the season she said “I don’t think I’m doing anything I wouldn’t be doing anyway, either on or off the pitch, but it’s a great honour to help Niamh Fahey lead the team. I think I’m really thriving on it and I’m just really enjoying my football.”
Furness adds this award after being voted as the Liverpool Standard Chartered Player of the Month that she picked up last week.
She has 27 international goals to her name so far and will hope to add to that when Northern Ireland get back to action later this month when they face Belarus in another crunch Euro qualifying game on October 27.
Article by Josh Bunting – @Buntingfootball
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