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Wednesday 15 May 2019
Northern Ireland striker Magill wins Everton award

Senior Women's striker Simone Magill has finished her domestic season by winning the Everton Ladies Player of the Year award. 

The striker from Magherafelt is the first footballer from Northern Ireland to turn professional and has just finished her second season as a full time footballer at Everton Ladies.

On winning the award she said: "It's really nice to be picked as player of the year especially when as a player you are working hard everyday. So it's nice to be rewarded with an accolade like that."

Everton Ladies finished second from bottom in the Women's Super League but it still had a memorable moment for Magill: "The highlight of this season has to be scoring the winner in the Merseyside derby. It's nice to get on the scoresheet but to score a winner against Liverpool is extra special.

"I now want to build on this form and collectively as a team we can rebuild and push on to climb up the table to get Everton back to a place where we belong. We have time to switch off now but we are in a good place to push on for next season.

And finally, the Women's Euro 2021 qualifying campaign kicks off at the end of August with a double header against Norway at home and Wales away, something Magill is cherishing: "It's exciting times ahead and to start a new campaign is like having a blank canvas again.

"We want to get our heads down and work hard. We want to get closer to reaching a major tournament and we will meet over the summer to prepare to get off to a good start with a result."