Marie Curtin

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Marie Curtin
Personal information
Full name Marie Claire Curtin
Date of birth (1985-08-07) 7 August 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Limerick, Ireland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Defender / Forward
Club information
Current team
Galway WFC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2004 Lifford Ladies
2004–2008 Hofstra Pride
2006–2008 Long Island Fury
2010–2011 Kilmallock United
2011–2012 Cork Women's
2012 Fortuna Ålesund
2014 Wexford Youths WFC
2014– Galway WFC
National team
Republic of Ireland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marie Claire Curtin (born 7 August 1985) is an Irish footballer who plays for the Republic of Ireland national team and Women's National League club Galway W.F.C.. She previously played for Norwegian 1. divisjon club Fortuna Ålesund. Curtin can play in defence or attack.

Club career[edit]

Curtin began her football career with Lifford Ladies FC,[1] and played for UCD in the 2003–04 UEFA Women's Cup.[2] In 2004 Curtin moved to Hofstra University on a soccer scholarship.[3] While in America Curtin also turned out for the WPSL club Long Island Fury.[4] Here she was converted to a striker, scoring a hat-trick on her debut.[5]

On returning to Ireland, Curtin played gaelic football for Limerick[6] and joined newly formed local soccer team Kilmallock United.[7] In February 2011 Curtin joined FA WSL club Lincoln Ladies on trial.[8] She signed for Cork Women's FC in late 2011, ahead of the new National Women's League.[9]

Curtin signed for Norwegian team Fortuna Ålesund in April 2012. She was praised by her new coach following her debut, playing as a central defender in Ålesund's 2–2 draw with Åsane on the opening day of the league season.[10] Ålesund were unable to agree terms with Curtin for the following campaign and she departed the club in May 2013.[11]

Ahead of the 2014–15 Women's National League season Curtin signed for Galway W.F.C., managed by Don O'Riordan.[12] In December 2014 she injured her knee while conceding a penalty kick, in what she described as "a dramatic sending-off incident".[13]

International career[edit]

Curtin represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-16[14] and 18 level[2] and was named Young Player of the Year at the 2002 FAI International Football Awards.[1] She later became a regular pick in defence for the senior national team.[4]

In 2007, while a student at Hofstra, Curtin played for Irish Universities at the 2007 Summer Universiade in Bangkok.[15]

Personal life[edit]

During a break from soccer in 2013 and 2014, Curtin went into business with her dairy farmer dad Sean, launching a brand of chocolate milk called Temple Dairy.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Senior Women Player Profiles". Football Association of Ireland. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Marie Curtin". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  3. ^ "#5 Marie Curtin". Hofstra University. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Marie Curtin (Hofstra University/Long Island Fury)". eircom.net. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Forward Marie Curtin". Long Island Fury FC. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Ladies' football weekend round-up". RTÉ. 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Kilmallock chase national glory". Limerick Leader. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  8. ^ "Lincoln Ladies target established international players ahead of campaign". Lincolnshire Echo. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  9. ^ Louise Cashell (2011-08-03). "The dream is finally becoming a reality". Cork Independent. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  10. ^ Eikrem, Allan (2012-04-16). "Curtin en ekstremt viktig tilvekst". Adressa.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  11. ^ Skuseth, Helge (20 May 2013). "Også Curtin reiser" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Rafferty, Mike (2 September 2014). "Galway WFC pay the price for concession of soft goals". Connacht Tribune. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Great News for Irish Chocolate Lovers". Temple Dairy. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sports Digest - 25th April 2000". Irish Examiner. 2000-04-25. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  15. ^ "Irish Delegation for World University Games Announced". Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  16. ^ Ryan, Martin; O'Brien, Declan (28 January 2015). "Going on a solo run in the dairy market". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2016.