Fran Kirby

Thursday 11 January 2018

Kirby and Hobbs scoop Player of the Month awards

Fran Kirby and Nicola Hobbs rewarded after duo enjoyed a fine December for respective clubs

Fran Kirby has been selected as The FA WSL 1 Player of the Month for December.

Kirby has been a key player in Chelsea’s two-pronged attack on the league title and Continental Tyres Cup and she continued her fine form in December.

The 24-year-old found the net six times last month, including goals against Yeovil and Tottenham and a match-winning hat-trick against Liverpool which set up a Continental Tyres Cup semi-final against Manchester City this Sunday (2pm kick-off at Kingsmeadow).

The Lionesses star fought off tough competition from a shortlist including Reading’s Brooke Chaplen and in-form Man City forward Claire Emslie.

Kirby said: “Overall, I was really happy with how I performed and also as a team we got some really good results so it was a really positive month and hopefully I can continue that form throughout the year.”

Meanwhile, London Bees goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs scooped the Player of the Month award in WSL 2.

Hobbs saved the crucial penalty as her side recorded a shootout win over Watford in the Continental Tyres Cup before impressing in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Oxford in the league.

She said: “I feel like I performed well last month. Saving the penalty against Watford to get our first win was a real highlight for me.”

The FA WSL Player of the Month award celebrates the best players in FA WSL 1, FA WSL 2 and The 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.

Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Manchester City Women FC 13 29 31
2 Arsenal Women 12 36 30
3 Chelsea FC Women 13 14 28
4 Birmingham City Women FC 13 6 25
5 Reading FC Women 12 3 18
6 Bristol City Women FC 12 -4 18
7 West Ham United Women FC 13 -7 16
8 Liverpool FC Women 13 -12 13
9 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 13 -10 10
10 Everton Ladies FC 12 -25 5
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 12 -30 3
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 12 14 30
2 Manchester United Women FC 11 48 28
3 Charlton Athletic Women FC 12 20 26
4 Durham Women FC 13 19 26
5 Leicester City Women FC 12 2 19
6 London Bees FC 13 -13 18
7 Sheffield United Women FC 11 -8 13
8 Aston Villa Ladies FC 12 -12 13
9 Lewes FC Women 13 -18 10
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 13 -14 7
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 12 -38 2