Ellie Carpenter named Westfield W-League Young Footballer of the Year

It’s history in the making for Melbourne City’s Ellie Carpenter, who earned her third consecutive Westfield W-League Young Footballer of the Year award at the Dolan Warren Awards on Thursday night. 

The 20-year-old full-back and Westfield Matildas star made her move from Canberra United to City ahead of the 2019/20 Westfield W-League campaign.

An undefeated season earned Carpenter and her City teammates the Westfield W-League Premiership, a perfect Finals Series campaign handed City a record-breaking fourth Championship, and now Carpenter’s capped off a blistering first season in new colours with her third Young Footballer of the Year award on the bounce.

Ellie Carpenter

Carpenter earned her nomination for the award in January as she played her part in a City backline which won three games without conceding a goal – Carpenter started all three fixtures, including a dominating 4-0 win over her former side Canberra United in Round 9. 

Carpenter proved time and again throughout the season why she’s one of the best Australian players in the game, registering an equal league-high of four assists, creating 31 chances and scoring two goals on the offensive end throughout the regular season, while laying 18 tackles, making eight clearances and 15 interceptions which helped her side concede just five goals and finish the regular season unbeaten.

The full-back’s two goals came within one hour of each other against Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 13; City won 4-0 on the night to be crowned Premiers for the 2019/20 Westfield W-League campaign.

Last month the Westfield Matildas star signed with French outfit Olympique Lyonnais, one of the most dominant sides in Women’s club football history, and Capenter will make her move high on confidence after receiving the Westfield W-League Young Footballer of the Year award on Thursday night.