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Liverpool Captain Niamh Fahey Nominated for FAWC Player of the Month

Fahey posted only strong performances through the month of March and joins three other players on the short-list.

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Niamh Fahey of Liverpool Women celebrates scoring Liverpool’s first goal with Ashley Hodson (14) at Prenton Park on March 14, 2021 in Birkenhead, England.   
Niamh Fahey of Liverpool Women celebrates scoring Liverpool’s first goal with Ashley Hodson (14) at Prenton Park on March 14, 2021 in Birkenhead, England.  
Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool Women’s captain Niamh Fahey has been nominated for the FA Women’s Championship Player of the Month award for March.

Fahey joins Coventry United’s Hayley Crackle, Lewes’s Ini Umotong, and Champions Leicester City’s Natasha Flint on the short list.

As might be expected given Leicester City’s league triumph, Flint currently has a narrow lead on the Twitter fan vote, but Fahey is close behind her in second place — and would be a deserving winner.

Fahey shone through the month of March, leading the Reds to an impressive two wins and one draw, with the centerback posting two clean sheets over the three matches.

She also stood out in the team’s attack, scoring the winning (and only) goal against Crystal Palace before bagging a brace in the side’s 5-0 demolition of Coventry United.

Fahey has contributed enormously to Liverpool’s return to form, as the Reds are currently unbeaten in six following a rough spell over the winter that unfortunately extinguished their promotion hopes.

Teammate Amber Whitely has previously highlighted Fahey’s centrality to the side’s return to top form both in her performance levels and leadership qualities.

“It really hurt her, the period we had before Christmas, but she has really stood tall and in recent weeks stepped up to the mark. She is a fantastic leader and role model to the other players.”

Fahey has played for Liverpool since joining in 2018 and the experienced Irish international is closing in on her 50th appearance for the Reds. She has won the Women’s Super League three times while on the books for Arsenal and Chelsea, and will certainly hope to guide Liverpool back to the top level as soon as possible.

Former manager Vicky Jepson spoke similarly glowingly about Fahey when the Irish international signed a new contract in 2020.

“Niamh Fahey is Liverpool through and through,” Jepson said. “I’m personally delighted to have Niamh with us as our vice-captain, to help lead the players and be an integral part of our journey.

“She understands what wearing the Liverpool badge means to our fans and wears it with honor. Going through these tough times, a leader like Niamh is invaluable in your squad.

“The experience she brings from playing in the top flight of the women’s game for many years, with her international experience on top of that, stands out in training and on matchday.

Should Fahey win the award her side will have bagged two in a row as new-signing Ceri Holland was February’s FA Women’s Championship Player of the Month. The Welsh youth international joined the Reds in January 2021 and started her career at Liverpool strongly, earning the award and respect for her dedication and work rate in the process.

The award is decided by panel judgement combined with fan voting, and you can have your say in the Twitter poll by clicking through the embedded tweet (below) or by following the link to it here.

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