Noonan going from strength to strength
Winning national titles hasn’t sated the appetite of versatile Cork sports woman Saoirse Noonan. Contributing generously to teams at ladies soccer and Gaelic football, Saoirse continues to underline a growing reputation on the pitch.
Those predatory instincts came to prominence again in the All-Ireland Ladies Minor Football Final, emerging top markswoman to register 3-4 as the rebelettes clocked up a win over Galway. The previous year Noonan offered another lesson in finishing to shoot a 2-5 tally against Dublin.
That run of consistent performances saw the star acknowledged on a popular selection as monthly winner of the Southside and District Sports Star Awards at a Cork International Hotel function.
Away from the Gaelic games scene, Noonan is the FAI Women’s U17 player of the year on a team she captained. No mean performer with Nemo Rangers and St Finbarrs Camogie in the past, Noonan is thrilled to be part of a talented Cork minor line up that completed a brilliant three in a row.
“Its been a terrific experience, there are no words to describe the success, it was a tough year yet all our efforts were rewarded. To score is special, really, the moves begin with the goalkeeper or defence, the girls put in great ball and the task is to take the scores”, said a modest Saoirse.
Last season disappointment on the soccer fields opened the door for Noonan to return to ladies football. Competing in the Elite Phase of the European U17 championships, just one place was up for grabs between the Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Czech Republic and France only for the Republic to finish runners up. Because of soccer commitments, Noonan hadn’t played ladies football for a spell but Cork minor manager John Cleary asked her to join up and play alongside former playing colleagues and the rest is history with a decisive input in back to back finals.
“Under John and an outstanding backroom team, the preparations were outstanding. Soccer and Gaelic are two different sports but similar in some ways and when I’m on the field, I like to express myself”, she said.
Noonan is excited about the remainder of 2017 as the Christ the King 6th Year reverts to soccer and advance her sporting career.
Southside and District Sports Awards winner for August Saoirse Noonan with Tanya O’Sullivan of media sponsors RedFM; Peter Noonan; Saoirse Noonan; Deirdre Noonan; deputy lord mayor Joe Kavanagh and Kevin Morrison, operations manager, Cork International Hotel, main sponsor.