Galway WFC defender Savannah McCarthy has been named the SSE Airtricity Women's National League Player of the Month for August.

The Kerry native has been outstanding for the westerners all season, but she really caught the eye last month after switching from midfield to centre-back - a position where she excelled at in previous years.

In four games in August, McCarthy made 196 passes, completed 39 interceptions and won almost every challenge that she went in for.

McCarthy hailed the fresh approach that manager Stephen Lally has brought in - something which has Galway aiming high again.

Stephen [Lally] coming in has been great. He has been great with the girls and everyone seems to love him, so I'm really enjoying being around him," said McCarthy.

"Right now our main aim is the Cup so hopefully we can go all the way. We're taking it game by game and trying to finish as high as we can. We probably can't make the top three but we will try to push it the whole way."