Chelsea duo Eng­land and Hayes lift WSL awards

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Katie Why­att

Chelsea have won the top two indi- vid­ual hon­ours in the Bar­clays FA Women’s Su­per League awards, with striker Bethany Eng­land voted player of the sea­son and Emma Hayes man­ager of the sea­son.

The pair helped Chelsea re­claim the league ti­tle they won in 2017-18, al­beit on a points-per-game ba­sis when the sea­son was cur­tailed. They also won the League Cup, beat­ing Arse­nal at the City Ground.

Hayes guided Chelsea to an un­beaten WSL cam­paign, av­er­ag­ing more than three goals a game and con­ced­ing only 11 times all sea­son.

For­mer Arse­nal for­ward Kelly Smith, pre­sent­ing the awards in a vir­tual cer­e­mony along­side Ian Wright, de­scribed Hayes as “al­ready re­garded as a leg­end for women’s foot­ball in Eng­land”. Eng- land’s sea­son be­gan with the 30- yard win­ning goal at Stam­ford Bridge against Tot­ten­ham in Chelsea’s first game of the sea­son. She went on to score 14 times in 15 league ap­pear­ances and pro­vided four as­sists, top-scor­ing for Chelsea for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son and scor­ing the win­ning goal in the League Cup fi­nal.

She said: “I would just like to say a huge thank you to Ian Wright and Kelly Smith, along with the panel, for vot­ing me as your player of the sea­son.

I’d also like to give a spe­cial thanks to all the fans for vot­ing for me on­line. It’s greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and means a lot to me.” Hayes won the award ahead of the for­mer Manch­ester City head coach Nick Cush­ing, who left the club af­ter six years in Fe­bru­ary, as well as Tot­ten­ham’s Juan Amoros and Karen Hills – the only man­age­rial pair in the WSL – Everton’s Wil­lie Kirk and Manch­ester United head coach Casey Stoney. Vi­vianne Miedema won the Bar­clays Golden Boot, hav­ing scored 16 times for Arse­nal. Manch­ester City’s El­lie Roe­buck won the Bar­clays Golden Glove af­ter 10 clean sheets.

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