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Cliftonville Ladies had been expecting to be savouring the cut and thrust of the new Danske Bank Women’s Premiership season by now but, with football currently in lockdown, they find themselves playing the same waiting game as everyone else at the Club.

The sport’s suspension does, however, present us with an opportunity to get to know the players who will be donning the Red shirt during the campaign ahead and today continues a new weekly series profiling the team’s star performers – with Michelle McDaid taking centre stage on this occasion.

Nickname: Curly, Shelly, Hambappe.

Position: Striker/ Winger.

Dream job: Still trying to figure that out.

Favourite coach: I don’t have one.

Favourite food: Pizza.

Football team you support: Liverpool.

Footballing idol growing up: Fernando Torres.

First football match you ever attended: Ireland v Germany at The Aviva.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?: I started playing football as a goalkeeper.

Do you have any hidden talents?: Too many.

If you had to be self-isolated with one person from your team who would it be?: Rachel McConnell or Niamh Connolly.

What do you love most about being a Cliftonville player?: The craic that everyone has at training and how welcoming the team have been.