Shelbourne star Kate Mooney is hoping to guide her DCU team to success at the intervarsities tournament in March, after coming off a superb achievement of netting 30 goals in her last seven games.
The 20-year-old nursing student has just recently signed a new contract with Shelbourne for the coming season, but is also focused on bringing silverware back to the Dublin University as they travel to Waterford IT in a weeks’ time for the Women’s Intervarsities competition.
Speaking to The College View, Mooney said that while she has had a fantastic goalscoring run, her primary focus is to win trophies for both club and university and also to bounce back from DCU’s surprise defeat at the hands of Maynooth in the cup, as the college lost out on a score-line of 5-2.
“We didn’t play overly well that day but in fairness we had a number of key players missing. Niamh Farrelly was up with the national side so couldn’t play and a player like that makes all the difference,” Mooney said.
Since the Maynooth clash, DCU have been entered into the plate and will line out in the final after overcoming Trinity last Thursday. In a close battle both teams finished level 4-4 after 90 minutes of action which resulted in extra time being played.
The following 30 minutes saw Trinity almost collapse on their feet as DCU took the game by the scruff of the neck to come out victorious, scoring three goals in extra time to leave the final result at 7-4, with Mooney scoring two goals.
Having been deployed as a left back at club level, Mooney is reveling in a role at DCU that has seen her play further up the pitch at centre forward, a role she believes has allowed her to have the maximum effect possible.
If Mooney can keep her recent goal-scoring feats up, it will surely catch the eye of coaches at the senior international level, a goal that is in sight for a player who has represented her country at youth level and has earned two caps throughout her underage career.
DCU Soccer Twitter page summed up Mooney’s recent performance stating, “A 30 goal a season striker is every manager dream but when you get one that reaches that total in just 7 games, then you never want to wake up.”
Mooney however stated she has no time to focus on achievements and is looking to the future with DCU and Shelbourne where she is hoping to win all trophies possible as she continues to work diligently towards her goals.
Image Credit: Kate Mooney