From Scottish Women’s Football (21/12/21).
Artwork provided to Impetus by: Scottish Women’s Football.
Chelsea Cornet of Rangers has been voted as the winner of the Scottish Women’s Premier League One (SWPL 1) Player of the Month for November 2021 while Jade McLaren of Dundee United is the winner of the SWPL 2 award.
Both players received the highest number of public votes as well as securing the most votes from the Head Coaches within both divisions.
In the top flight in November, Rangers won three out of three games starting with a comfortable 5-0 midweek win over Motherwell. Their most significant result though came in the form of a 1-0 away win against rivals and title contenders Celtic the following Sunday. They then required a stunning Cornet strike to see off Partick Thistle 1-0 in their last fixture which kept them top of the table.
In her role in midfield, Cornet played the full 90 minutes in all three games. She provided one assist against Motherwell and scored the vital goal to defeat Partick Thistle. She also boasted an 87% successful pass rate in the month.
Cornet spoke of her pride in being the second Rangers player in a row to win the trophy: “I’m honoured to have picked up this award. I’m thrilled to be in the squad, playing regularly, and contributing to this team. It’s nice, on top of being in the starting 11, to have my hard work and contribution recognized.
“I didn’t realise at the time how important the goal against Partick Thistle would be and I didn’t think much of it. Watching it back, it was a pretty special goal and obviously secured us three points which is the main thing. I’m delighted to be playing my part and helping this team stay top of the table.”
Cornet also secures back-to-back SWPL 1 Player of the Month awards for Rangers after Rachel McLauchlan picked up the October 2021 award and it’s the club’s third award of the calendar year after Brogan Hay won April 2021.
In SWPL 2 Dundee United’s Jade McLaren was voted as Player of the Month as her side also won all three of their games in November by a margin of at least four goals.
The versatile midfielder who previously played in defence, scored five goals in the month, including a hat-trick in their 5-1 win over Stirling University. She grabbed a brace in the 6-0 away win to Queen’s Park and while didn’t score against St Johnstone, McLaren played the full 90 in another 5-1 victory.
McLaren was thrilled to win the award: “I’m over the moon to win. It has been an aim of mine to even be nominated, so to win is extra special. I’m enjoying contributing to the team from midfield and it seems to be working well for me and the team overall.”
“This is definitely the strongest Dundee United team we’ve ever had. We missed out narrowly on promotion last season but I think that has been a bit of a blessing in disguise. It has allowed us to build and I think we’re stronger for that. Here’s hoping we can push on and win the league in 2021/22 to gain a place in the top flight.”
Also nominated for the SWPL 1 award was Glasgow City’s Aoife Colvill while Georgia Hunter (Heart of Midlothian), Lisa Swanson (Kilmarnock), and Nicola Reid (Glasgow Women) were nominated for the SWPL 2 award.