The following article by Josh Bunting was published In women’s football magazine “she kicks” and is reproduced by kind permission of Josh.
On the week that the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership was meant to kick off, Josh Bunting caught up with one of its finest young talents in Chloe McCarron.
The Northern Ireland and Linfield Ladies midfielder thanks her mother for getting her involved in the game, as she said: “I was brought up with it as it was the number one sport in the house, but it was my mum who introduced me to the game and took me to my first club – a boys’ club – when I was just 7”.
McCarron was pivotal in Linfield winning the league once again last season after the most thrilling of title races, as it went down to the wire but the Blues did get over the line with a 10-0 win over Derry City. Linfield needed a 7 goal win at the Brandywell and it was Chloe McCarron who scored the all important seventh goal on the night.
When asked about her hopes for this season, when it gets underway, McCarron responded: “I have high hopes for the league, and with a delayed start, I think it’ll be a little bit more competitive, as teams can’t wait to get back into action.”
It’s safe to say McCarron is a fans’ favourite at Windsor Park after scoring on her debut for the Blues in a 5-2 win over Sion Swifts in 2017.
She also won the Linfield player of the year award in 2018/19, in which the team won both the Premier League and League Cup trophies and reached the final of both the Irish Cup and County Antrim FA Cup.
At just 22, McCarron already has incredible experience in the game, winning a number of Leagues and Cups in her time at Windsor Park.
She was asked what advice would she give up and coming players: “My advice would be to work hard and practice as amazing opportunities are there to be taken, and with the growth of the women’s game, it could end up being their job one day. But primarily, enjoy every minute of it.”