Fahey’s gunning for Champions League glory
By Damian Dolan
It’s already been an exceptional last few months for Arsenal Ladies and Republic of Ireland star Niamh Fahey, but it could be about to get even better.
Having already scooped an All Ireland winner’s medal with Parnell’s Ladies in December, Fahey is now just 180 minutes away from reaching the Women’s Champions League final with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on May 23.
The English champions face Wolsfburg in the first leg of their semi-final at Meadow Park, Borehamwood, next Sunday, before traveling to Germany for the return leg seven days later.
While the German side are sure to provide a stern challenge to Arsenal’s Champions League credentials, after Fahey’s goal helped the Gunners to a 4-1 win over ASD Torres of Italy in the quarter-finals, thoughts are growing that this could be the year that Arsenal go all the way for the first since 2007.
Having joined Arsenal in 2009, Fahey arrived too late to share in that triumph of six years ago, and having won virtually everything else there is to win in the women’s game the motivation is huge to get her hands on a Champions League winner’s medal.
“It would be unbelievable; that’s the one medal that’s missing at club level,” she said. “Most of the girls have a Champions League winner’s medal from 2007, but there’s a good group of us that haven’t.
For more see the (13 April) print edition of the Irish World