Ireland's Ayeisha McFerran was recognised for her phenomenal exploits at the Women's Hockey World Cup when she was name the goalkeeper of the tournament. 

The Larne 22-year-old was central to the Green Army's wonderful run to the final, starring in the penalty shootout wins against Indian and Spain and pulling off a string of top-quality saves in every game she played.

McFerran couldn't stop the Dutch easing to a 6-0 win in the decider, but her stock has soared over the last fortnight.

"She's just incredible," said former Ireland player Lisa Jacob on the RTÉ panel.

"I played with Ayeisha when she got her fist cap [against Spain in 2014]. She was a young kid who was learning her trade.

"She has matured and become a huge part of that team. The trust they have in her at the back allows them to commit as defenders.

"It allows them to be brave when they're playing the ball out of the back because they know she's behind them."

Jacob also had special praise for back-up keeper Grace O'Flanagan, an unsung hero in the panel.

"Behind Ayeisha is Grace. They call themselves 'the team within a team'. It's such a difficult position to be a second keeper but often having an exceptional second that has an amazing attitude is what makes the first keeper as good as they are."