CORK'S Denise O'Sullivan has been ranked 65th in a list of the best 100 female footballers in the world this week.
O'Sullivan who plays with North Carolina Courage in the USA is the only Irish player on the list and is great recognition for the Knocknaheeny lady, who has been in super form all year for both her club and country.
On hearing the news O'Sullivan reacted on Facebook saying: "It's pretty cool to be even mentioned among these players."
The voting panel consisted of 93 judges from 44 countries, led by the new US women’s national head coach Vlatko Andonovski and legends such as Sun Wen, Lotta Schelin, Aya Miyama and Anja Mittag.
They were backed up by a selection of coaches, journalists and broadcasters, as well as the current Reign FC and Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock and Arsenal’s FA WSL-winning manager Joe Montemurro.
There was also further good news for O'Sullivan and her international team mates when it was announced that the Board of Sport Ireland have agreed to approve the payment of the 2019 grant funding for the women’s national football team.
The grant of €195,000 will be paid by Sport Ireland to BDO who will oversee the disbursement of the funding in line with terms and conditions.
The core objective of the fund is about raising standards and improving the quality of playing and training environments for the Women’s National Football Team.