Prolific Reggae Girl 'Bunny' Shaw shortlisted for April's WSL Player of the Month Award

By Sports Desk May 04, 2022

Reggae Girl Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw was one of two Manchester City players who have been shortlisted for April's FA Women’s Super League Player of the Month Award.

Shaw bagged five goals in three league appearances, including four in the recent 7-2 thrashing of Brighton and Hove Albion.

The other Manchester City player up for the award is Caroline Weir, who crafted Bunny's effort against West Ham in a 2-0 triumph and bagged two goals and two assists against Leicester and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Together, the pair played key roles as City finished the month with a 100 per cent record, with three league wins and an FA Cup semi-final victory over West Ham United.

The pair are up against Aston Villa's Rachel Corsie, Chelsea duo Jessie Fleming and Sam Kerr, Arsenal's Beth Mead and Birmingham's Louise Quinn.

Voting closes on May 6.

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