Shelbourne's Jessie Stapleton has scooped the SSE Airtricity Women's National League Player of the Month Award for October.

Outstanding all season, the 16-year-old defender – who has also been used in midfield – helped Shelbourne to four wins last month, scoring twice in the process.

"I'm delighted to win the SSE Airtricity Player of the Month Award," the Dubliner enthused.

"Obviously the other girls who are nominated are class, especially the likes of Noelle Murray, who is playing a stormer this season, never mind just October.

"Coming in as such a young player, I'm still only 16 – I'm not 17 until February – I wasn't coming in expecting to play 90 minutes all season.

"With the new manager (Noel King) and his new ways there were no promises to players. I just broke into the team and I've kept my place so I'm delighted with that.

"This season has been very good. I've loved every single minute of it. I think we were very unlucky at times, we had a very good chance of winning the league this year but we had a slip-up against Peamount, but we have the Cup final to look forward to and we hope to get a trophy there."

Wexford Youths lie in wait in the Cup final on Sunday, 21 November at Tallaght Stadium in an encounter that will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player.