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Watch: This smasher by Crusaders' Billy Joe Burns has been named Goal of the Season

Crusaders' Billy Joe Burns celebrates levelling the scores at Windsor Park.
Crusaders' Billy Joe Burns celebrates levelling the scores at Windsor Park.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Crusaders netted a stunning 106 goals during their victorious Danske Bank Premiership campaign.

Among them were typical headers by Jordan Owens, a plethora of breath-taking strikes by Paul Heatley and Gavin Whyte, but none were quite as special as BJ Burns' effort against Linfield.

The full-back's 35-yard effort has been crowned The Jordan's Gift Goal of the Season at the NI Football Awards and it's clear to see why.

The goal helped the Crues to a vital 2-1 win at Linfield on December 30, hauling the visitors level to pave the way for Gavin Whyte's late winner.

The NI Football Awards are hosted by the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association and the Northern Ireland Football League.

Player and young player of the year Gavin Whyte with Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Player and young player of the year Gavin Whyte with Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Jonny Evans, Gavin Whyte and Lauren Perry. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Liam Beckett makes a presentation to Oran Kearney, Manager of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. TRAVEL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Michael OÕNeill makes a presentation to Jonny Evans, International Personality of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. TRAVEL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Michael OÕNeill makes a presentation to Jonny Evans, International Personality of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. TRAVEL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Michael OÕNeill makes a presentation to Jonny Evans, International Personality of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Jonny Evans with his wife Helen pictured at the Northern Ireland Football Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Alyn Spratt from Bluefin with the Championship Team of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. THE MACOLM BRODIE HALL OF FAME Stephen Brodie and Pat Jennings make a presentation to Jimmy Nicholl Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. THE MACOLM BRODIE HALL OF FAME Stephen Brodie and Pat Jennings make a presentation to Jimmy Nicholl Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. UHLSPORT PREMIERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR Ê Brian Hutchinson from Uhlsport with the Premiership Team of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. DREAM SPANISH HOMES YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. DREAM SPANISH HOMES YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gerry Flynn makes a presentation to Gavin Whyte, Young Player of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Billy Joe Burns Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Jordan's Gift Goal of the Season - Jared Kennedy of JordanÕs Gift makes a presentation to Billy Joe Burns, left. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. BELLEEK PREMIER INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE TEAM OF THE YEAR Ian Baraclough makes a presentation to Jordan Hughes of PIL Champions Dundela Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Michael McCrudden of Institute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. SODEXO CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE YEAR Michael McCrudden of Institute with Derek Coulter of Sodexo Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. NON-SENIOR CLUB OF THE YEAR Dundela secretary Jim Steed, left with Timothy Dubois Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. MERIT AWARD Chairman Keith Bailie makes a presentation to Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Andrew Johnston of NIFL makes a presentation to Lauren Perry. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Lauren Perry and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Ciaron Harkin and Gavin Whyte pictured at the Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Gareth McConaghy, Ciaron Harkin, Oran Kearney, Chris Johns and Stephen O'Donnell pictured at the Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-05-2018: 2018 Northern Ireland Football Writers Association Annual Awards Dinner. The gala event, hosted by the Crowne Plaza on Monday May 7. Pictured at the event N Coleraine manager Oran Kearney and Crusaders FC's Gavin Whyte. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-05-2018: 2018 Northern Ireland Football Writers Association Annual Awards Dinner. The gala event, hosted by the Crowne Plaza on Monday May 7. Pictured at the event (L-R) Norman Kelly,Paul Leeman, Coleraine manager Oran Kearney and Sean Ward. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-05-2018: 2018 Northern Ireland Football Writers Association Annual Awards Dinner. The gala event, hosted by the Crowne Plaza on Monday May 7. Pictured at the event (L-R) Jimmy Nicholl former NI footballer, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, NI footballer Jonny Evans and former football player Pat Jennings. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

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