The end of season awards have been announced for Manchester City women.
It was a great season for the team despite having to settle for second place after the campaign was abruptly halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although City women were on course to claim the Women Super League title, it was later awarded to Chelsea despite being a point behind Manchester City at the top of the table when the campaign was stopped in March.
The London team had played one game fewer and could have overtaken City with a win. The Football Association later applied the points-per-game formula to decide final standings on the table. That placed Chelsea top of the pile with 2.60 points-per-game to City’s 2.50.
But that could not take away from City’s brilliance all season. Several players shone brightly through out, helping the team stay on top of the league table for the majority of the campaign.
Three of those were singled out for honour. They include Caroline Weir, Lauren Hemp and leader Steph Houghton.
Caroline Weir won the award for Goal of the Season. The attacking midfielder who extended her deal with the club at the turn of the new year was a key player for the club last term.
Signed from Liverpool Ladies in 2018 where she had just won the Player of the Year Award, the 25-year-old Scot played a key role for City women in 2019 winning the Player of the Match award in the 2019 WSL Cup Final as Manchester City beat Arsenal 4–2 on penalties.
Weir scored from a wonderful 25-yard strike last term to help Manchester City down Manchester United 1–0 in the inaugural Manchester derby.
Next on the awards list was Lauren Hemp. The forward is becoming a serial award winner. She was named City’s Rising Star of the Season.
Recall that in 2017, she took home the Vauxhall England Young Player of the Year award when she captained England to the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship. She was also named PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year in 2018 before joining Manchester City. At just 19, she is already a part of the Three Lionesses. It’s clear she will be a key player for both England and City in the years to come.
Captain and leader Steph Houghton won the Player of the Season award. The 32-year-old has been there, done that and got an MBE to show for her efforts.
Not bad for the Durham-born defender who has come a long way from humble beginnings at Sunderland in her native North East to captain both club and country. She now uses her experience to provide exemplary leadership for younger players both on and off the pitch.
Bravo! Steph. Keep up the good work.