Everton Ladies’ striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk has been awarded the FA WSL Player of the Month award for November. This is a great sign for a club that has gone professional only this season. Everton Ladies are on a hot streak, no doubt aided by prolific goalscorer Sweetman-Kirk.
| Congratulations to striker @_CSK9, who was named @FAWSL Player of the Month.— Everton Ladies (@EvertonLadies) December 18, 2017
"The last three or four games she has picked up some really good form. She is bouncing in training, scoring goals for fun and that’s what you want from your centre-forward." - @AndySpenceEFC pic.twitter.com/XOhkFSVYZY
The striker was the WSL2 top goal scorer for Doncaster Rovers Belles last season before becoming a Blue, notching 20 goals in 20 games in 2015.
Coach Andy Spence gave some input on what sets her apart:
“She is always contributing with her work rate but now she is getting the sharpness to her game. Her link-up play is better and the understanding with the other girls has contributed to her scoring goals. Her teammates are understanding the runs that she makes and she has confidence from hitting the back of the net on a regular basis.
“She is bouncing in training, scoring goals for fun and that’s what you want from your centre-forward.”
To celebrate her achievement, here are the top 5 moments of Sweetman-Kirk’s Everton tenure so far:
5. Courtney’s first goal for Everton:
The striker’s favorite for Everton came early in November against Birmingham City in the Continental Cup. The goal gave the Blues the 1-0 win and showed their progression, as the team had lost against Birmingham earlier in the season. She showed great composure early in the game as she chipped the ball over Birmingham’s goalkeeper.
She had this to say about the goal:
“It’s always good to score, especially when it’s a winner. The goal at Birmingham was a decent finish as well - I’m normally more known for my tap-ins but it was a nice strike.”
4. Sweetman-Kirk’s second goal against Yeovil Town:
Sweetman-Kirk’s goal came in the first half from a Faye Bryson assist and again shows off her ability to calmly finish a play with a goalscoring opportunity.
Her work rate was also demonstrated later in the game when she she drew a foul in the penalty area in the second half, setting up a penalty kick.
3. Sweetman-Kirk’s third goal for Everton against Sunderland in the snow:
She shows her great positioning by being in the right place at the right time and then spins around to kick the ball coolly into the net. Check out her signature salute to the crowd in her celebration after the goal.
2. Another goal to score a brace against Sunderland:
Again, in the snow against Sunderland, the striker makes a great run and finishes off of an assist from Dan Turner:
1. Blues swooping in on transfer deadline day at the last minute, shocking everybody, and signing her to a two-year deal.
Several clubs wanted to see Sweetman-Kirk donning their jersey, especially rivals Liverpool, but the striker went with the Toffees.
She explained why she made her choice in becoming a Blue:
“It’s a team I’ve played against quite a lot, you get a feeling for teams when you come up against them. It’s similar to Doncaster in a way, a family club and a great atmosphere. The vision Andy has and how the club are linked with the men’s side, they’re planning to do big things over the next few years. Andy’s personal plans for my development were important too; he’s a passionate Evertonian and a really passionate football guy.”
Good choice, Courtney! We are excited to see what’s next for her and we hope that the England national team is paying attention!