Manchester City forward Chloe Kelly has been named Barclays Women’s Super League Player of the Month for April.
Kelly, 25, has won the award for the first time this season after three goals and three assists as City recording back-to-back home wins against West Ham and Reading put them back into title contention after a slow start to the season.
The England international’s achievement comes hot on the heels of her team mate Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw’s scoring run to top the voting charts for March.
She saw off competition from Manchester United’s Hannah Blundell, Aston Villa’s Rachel Daly, Tottenham Hotspur’s Beth England, Leicester City’s Courtney Nevin and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Elisabeth Terland.
Speaking about her success, she said: “It feels amazing to win this award, and it was a great month for us.
“It was really nice to get some goals and assists, and to help the team as much as I can.
“I’m feeling really good at the moment but it’s the team’s performances that allow me to pick up awards like this.
“It’s been great both on and off the pitch with the girls, and I’m just learning as much as I can – I’m in good form, but I will always aim to keep improving.
“We have a great team of players and staff here, and it’s so enjoyable coming in every day.
“Hopefully we can finish on a high this season in the last two games and give as much as we can back to our amazing fans.”
City will have to dig deep to salvage Champions League football for next season though.
Manchester City are currently fourth in the WSL table after a disappointing defeat to Liverpool left them effectively out of the title race and potentially struggling to qualify for Champions League football next season – only the top three qualify.
With just two games to go City will have to hope for maximum points from the Manchester Derby against title chasing Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday May 21 and then a home win against Everton on Saturday May 27 in the last game of the season and hope that Arsenal slip up twice in their last three games – the last two are against title rivals Chelsea and surprise package Aston Villa.