Belles snap up Irish superstar

BELLES boss John Buckley is a man who believes first impressions count.

It took just one training session for him to decide Ireland international winger ine O'Gorman was the right player to make his latest signing.

The 21-year-old took part in a hastily-organised trial after flying in from Ireland last week and impressed enough to become the Belles latest acquisition ahead of the new Women's Super League which kicks off in March.

"ine looked the absolute business in the training session," Buckley told the Free Press.

"She's lightning quick, probably as fast as I've ever seen.

"We put a little game on and she just seemed to get better and better as it went along.

"I think ine will be one of those who can take it all on the chin. She's quite bright and isn't frightened to get between players.

"Her touch is very good and she can score goals as well."

O'Gorman comes to Doncaster on the back of a spectacular treble-winning season with her club in Ireland - Peamount United of County Dublin.

After winning the league and League Cup, Peamount sealed the FAI Cup thanks to a hat-trick from O'Gorman who also set up the other in a 4-2 win.

The Belles were first made aware of her a year ago when Buckley received a tip-off from a contact in Ireland but the club could not make contact with her.

With time to spare ahead of the Super League, Buckley reignited his interest.

He said: "I spoke to the Ireland manager and he told me you'll never get less than 110 per cent out of her.

"It says a lot that she's won 38 caps for her country and she's just 21.

"As soon as I got in touch with her we arranged to get her over so we could have a look.

"She's very similar to Rachel Williams in her attributes and I think we've got a real player on our hands."

O'Gorman has returned to Ireland but will move to Doncaster in January when preparations for the Super League intensify.

She is delighted with the move.

"It's great to have the opportunity to play for a club with so much history and I'm really looking forward to the Super League," she said.

"The standard is going to be excellent and it'll be great for me to be involved with that.

"After the top three or four teams, the standard in Ireland gets weaker but it is getting better.

"We missed out on qualifying for the World Cup but I think we've got a great chance of making the Euros."

O'Gorman is one of the national team's main stars but was sent off after two bookable offences on her last appearance for the Republic of Ireland - a 3-0 win over Israel.

Buckley is confident off adding another new signing to the growing Belles squad in the next week.