Greencastl’s Roma McLaughlin has won the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Player of the Month award for January/February.
The Peamount United midfielder has been in superb form of late – scoring in the recent win over Castlebar Celtic – in what is her debut season in the League.
“I’ve been playing well, but my team-mates have been so important. I definitely owe them so much and I wouldn’t be able to play my game without them,” said McLaughlin.
Operating as a playmaker has allowed McLaughlin to play to her strengths. It is something that Peamount boss Christy Lougheed was keen to embrace once the talented teenager signed this season.
The result has been the emergence of a player who can outwit opponents with her technique and c
reate goalscoring opportunities with her accurate passing. But she credits the League as a whole with her development.
“It has been massively different for me to play in the League,” she explained.
“It is more physical, faster, and demanding than what I was used to. It also makes you think faster because you don’t get a lot of time on the ball, but that suits my game.
“I can definitely feel the benefits of playing in the League as I’m fitter than I have ever been, which is huge for me because I’ve had a lot of injury problems. So playing in the League has helped me to develop.”
McLaughlin becomes the second monthly winner from the Ireland Women’s Under 17 team that featured in last summer’s UEFA European Championships following on from Cork City WFC’s Saoirse Noonan.
The Donegal native is now part of Dave Connell’s Women’s Under 19 squad who are in Portugal for two midweek friendly games before she returns to WNL action on Saturday as Peamount take on UCD Waves.