Clare Shine: Glasgow City and Republic of Ireland striker to retire at 27 | Soccer News

Glasgow City and Republic of Ireland striker Clare Shine has announced her retirement as a player following Sunday’s SWPL game against Hearts.

In two spells with Glasgow City – on either side of a return to her homeland to play for Cork City – Shine made 105 appearances and scored 70 goals, making her the 11th-highest goalscorer in the club. history of Glasgow City.

Signing in May 2015 for her first spell, Shine scored 17 goals during that campaign and finished the season as the club’s top scorer. The 27-year-old forward capped her first season with a hat-trick in the 2015 Scottish Women’s Cup final as City beat Hibernian at Ainslie Park before making her Republic of Ireland debut in a match qualification for the UEFA European Women’s Championship against Spain.

The following season, Shine repeated her exploits and was top scorer for a second straight season as City won a Scottish record 10th consecutive league title.

Shine scored on his second debut against the University of Stirling, having joined the club in 2019. It was the start of 19 goals Shine would score in 2019, including a first UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) goal against Chertanovo Moscow.

Her biggest goal during her time was arguably at the end of the 2019 season when once again Shine made headlines in a Scottish Women’s Cup final against Hibernian with a 90th-minute winner for bring the cup back to Glasgow for the first time since scoring a hat-trick in the 2015 final.

Shine has made 40 appearances over the past two seasons, making five more appearances this term, including a hat-trick against the Spartans on opening day.

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Footballer Clare Shine spoke to Sky Sports in June to discuss her alcoholism issues as she continues her recovery. Content Disclaimer: There are references to drugs, alcohol and suicide in this interview.

As well as being a key player for many years, the Republic of Ireland international has spoken openly about her own mental health issues and has become a key figure with the charity Glasgow City Foundation, where she will continue to work and help the club with their charitable projects and ambitions.

She said: “Thank you to everyone who has played a part in my footballing journey, thank you for all the amazing memories. I can’t wait to start a new chapter in my life, and for Glasgow City, I will always be your number one supporter.”

Glasgow City head coach Eileen Gleeson said: “As Clare Shine announces her retirement from football, it is with a mixture of sadness and admiration that I pay tribute to a very person and player. Clare has been an outstanding footballer throughout her career, a brilliant ambassador for club and country.

“Clare wrote the Glasgow City history books, she is an integral part of many successful moments at the club. These will always be remembered.”

Glasgow City chief executive Laura Montgomery added: “I remember the day I brought Clare Shine to Glasgow City and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Throughout our 25 years as a football club, there are only a handful of players who have fully embodied every aspect of Glasgow City. Our values, our ambitions, our standards and what it means to put on our shirt and Clare is one of them.

“She will be a massive loss on the pitch and in the dressing room but fortunately she will remain an integral part of our club and help us pursue our goals and objectives off the pitch. Without a doubt, Clare Shine and Glasgow City have been a great partnership, we’ve been good to each other and I hope she retires with only the best memories and knowing that she will always be an integral part of this club.”

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