Glory girl scores ‘Goal of the Year’

A stunning strike by Perth Glory winger Marianna Tabain has been honoured as ‘Goal of the Year’ in the inaugural season of the Westfield W-League.

A stunning strike by Perth Glory winger Marianna Tabain has been honoured as ‘Goal of the Year- in the inaugural season of the Westfield W-League.

Tabain scored the goal in the Glory-s round nine win against Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The 16 year old West Australian notched four goals in eight matches in a performance that confirms her status as one of the best young players in the country.

Tabain-s goal was recognised at today-s Westfield W-League Awards in Sydney.

“The Westfield W-League has proven to be a welcome initiative for talented young sports women to gain high quality competitive opportunities on a regular basis," said FFA CEO, Ben Buckley.

"There are almost 75,000 young girls who play football which is fantastic. For those who are keen to play sport to the highest level possible, the Westfield W-League now gives them something to aspire to along with other national sporting leagues for women such as netball and basketball.

"Importantly, for us, the Westfield W-League also gives talented women players the opportunity to shine on a national stage and stake their claim for selection to one of the three national teams for women," Buckley said.

Player of the Year was awarded to Queensland Roar-s Lana Harch and Melbourne Victory-s Melissa Barbieri was named Goalkeeper of the Year, while Sydney FC striker, Leena Khamis, took home the Golden Boot for her seven goals.

“We are very pleased with the first season of the Westfield W-League. It gives us a strong foundation to build for the future,” said Buckley.

*Highlights of Marianna-s goal will be available shortly