Brighton’s Aileen Whelan has been selected as The FA WSL 2 Player of the Month for February.
Whelan’s goals proved crucial to Brighton’s winning streak in February, making it two wins from two in FA WSL 2. Whelan scored the third to see Brighton beat London Bees 3-1 before scoring a hat-trick in her sides’ 5-1 success over Oxford. Her goals have seen Brighton move up to third in the table, just four points behind Millwall Lionesses with a game in hand.
Whelan fought off some tough competition from a shortlist including Tottenham’s Sarah Wiltshire and Brighton team mate Iniabasi Umotong. Whelan’s fellow striker Umotong netted twice, including a fine solo goal in the 5-1 win against Oxford. Despite Wiltshire only joining Spurs in the summer her experience of FA WSL 2 has helped the newly promoted Tottenham settle into their new surroundings, scoring a hat-trick against her former club Watford in a 6-0 win.
The FA WSL Player of the Month award celebrates the best players in FA WSL 1, FA WSL 2 and FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup. Each month, three players are shortlisted based on their performances before a media panel selects a winner for each division.
Presented with The FA WSL 2 Player of the Month award, Brighton’s Aileen Whelan said, “Individually and collectively as a whole, we’ve played much better in February, however for me, Oxford was a big game, it was my first FA Women’s Super League hat-trick so it was definitely one to remember.”
Fans are able to get their FA WSL fix with a selection of live games on BT Sport, BBC Online and The FA’s WSL Facebook page as well as live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Report courtesy of The FA via Pitch