Niamh Fahey

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Niamh Fahey
Niam Fahey, 15 September 2019 (02) (cropped).jpg
Niamh Fahey in 2019
Personal information
Full name Niamh Fahey[1]
Date of birth (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder or centre-back
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 5
Youth career
Salthill Devon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2008 Salthill Devon
2007Galway
2008–2014 Arsenal 73 (2)
2015–2017 Chelsea 28 (0)
2017–2018 Bordeaux 17 (0)
2018– Liverpool 58 (4)
National team
2007– Republic of Ireland 104 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09 January 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 April 2022

Niamh Fahey (born 13 October 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for Liverpool in the Women's Super League[2] and the Republic of Ireland women's national football team. She has previously played for Chelsea. Before joining Chelsea in December 2014, Fahey spent six seasons with Arsenal Ladies. She has also won national cups playing Gaelic football with Galway Ladies Football.[3] Niamh is the sister of Galway's 2001 All-Ireland-winning Gaelic football captain Gary Fahey.[4]

Club career[edit]

Fahey began her career with her hometown club, Salthill Devon. She progressed through the ranks alongside future international teammate Méabh De Búrca.[5] Both players helped Galway win the FAI Women's Cup in 2007. In the final against Raheny United, Fahey scored the winning penalty and also subdued the attacking threat of Raheny's Olivia O'Toole, in what RTÉ described as "a splendid individual display."[6]

She joined Arsenal Ladies in August 2008.[7] In her first season with the Gunners Fahey made 18 appearances, mostly at left full–back, as the club won a domestic treble.[5]

On 19 December 2014, Fahey signed for Chelsea L.F.C.[8] Fahey also won the All-Ireland in 2004 with Galway L.G.F.A.

International career[edit]

Fahey has won over 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland, having previously represented her country at Under-17 and Under-19 level. In March 2007, Fahey made her senior debut for Ireland in a 1–1 draw with Portugal in the opening match of the Algarve Cup.[9] After becoming a regular in the team, Fahey was named FAI Women's Senior International Player of the Year in 2008,[10] 2009[11] and 2011.[12]

In April 2013, Fahey suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for Arsenal. The 30 minutes she played for Ireland against the Basque Country in May 2014 was her first game back.[13]

On 16 February 2022, she played her 100th match for Republic of Ireland in a 2–1 win over Poland in the 2022 Pinatar Cup.[14] She scored her first ever goal for Ireland on the occasion of her 104th cap, in a 9–0 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A win over Georgia in Gori on 27 June 2022.[15]

Honours[edit]

2011, 2012 2015 FA WSL
2008–09, 2009–10
2021-22
2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–2015
2011, 2012, 2013
2008–09, 2014–15

GAA All-Ireland Women's title 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/10/2009 and 31/10/2009" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Reds complete signing of defensive midfielder Fahey". Liverpool Ladies FC. Liverpool Ladies FC. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Senior Women Player Profiles". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  4. ^ Barry, Brian (25 September 2020). "Niamh Fahey: Liverpool captain and All-Ireland winner with Galway". Sky Sports. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b Kieran Beckles (24 August 2009). "Irish stars prepare for World Cup qualifying". The Sport Review. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Galway League 1–0 Raheny United". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 14 October 2007. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  7. ^ "19. Niamh Fahey". Arsenal F.C. Archived from the original on 22 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Ladies sign new defender". chelseafc.com. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Portugal 1–1 1 Ireland". Soccerscene.ie. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  10. ^ "19th eircom/FAI International Award winners announced". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 8 February 2009. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  11. ^ "FAI International Football Award winners announced". FAI.ie. 8 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  12. ^ "2012 Three FAI International Award Winners Announced". FAI.ie. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  13. ^ Ryan, Seán (8 June 2014). "Fahey hopes for rub of green after return from cruciate injury". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Niamh Fahey on 100 caps and 'dream' FA Cup fixture". Liverpool F.C. 26 February 2022.
  15. ^ Duffy, Emma (28 June 2022). "'She's only 17-years-old, but I hope that everybody has seen how talented she is'". The42.ie. Retrieved 3 July 2022.

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