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Northern Ireland goalkeeper Lauren Perry had a starring role during the UEFA Women's Under 19 Championship last summer.

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Lauren Perry had a starring role during the UEFA Women's Under 19 Championship last summer.

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Northern Ireland goalkeeper Lauren Perry had a starring role during the UEFA Women's Under 19 Championship last summer.

At the age of just 17, Lauren Perry has been named Women's Football Personality of the Year at the NI Football Awards.

The Linfield goalkeeper has enjoyed a rapid rise over the last 12 months, having only arrived at Linfield in March 2017.

She went on to star for Northern Ireland at the UEFA Women's Under 19 Championships last summer, putting in stellar performances against Spain, Scotland and Germany.

Those displays soon, and unsurprisingly, led to a senior debut, when she was named Player of the Match in a 4-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Norway in September.

Back on the domestic front, Lauren was named NIFL Player of the Season for 2017 after helping Linfield to the Danske Bank Women's Premiership title.

Also nominated for Women's Football Personality of the Year were Kirsty McGuinness and Julie Nelson.

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

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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

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Jonny Evans, Gavin Whyte and Lauren Perry. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Jonny Evans, Gavin Whyte and Lauren Perry. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E


Liam Beckett makes a presentation to Oran Kearney, Manager of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye


Liam Beckett makes a presentation to Oran Kearney, Manager of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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

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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

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

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

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Jonny Evans with his wife Helen pictured at the Northern Ireland Football Awards. 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

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Lauren Perry, Women's Football Personality of the Year. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Alyn Spratt from Bluefin with the Championship Team 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

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

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

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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

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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. UHLSPORT PREMIERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR Ê Brian Hutchinson from Uhlsport with the Premiership Team of the Year Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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

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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

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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

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

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. Billy Joe Burns Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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. 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

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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. 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

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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. Michael McCrudden of Institute. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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. SODEXO CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE YEAR Michael McCrudden of Institute with Derek Coulter of Sodexo Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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. NON-SENIOR CLUB OF THE YEAR Dundela secretary Jim Steed, left with Timothy Dubois Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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. MERIT AWARD Chairman Keith Bailie makes a presentation to Jackie Fullerton. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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: Andrew Johnston of NIFL makes a presentation to Lauren Perry. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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

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

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NI Football Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Lauren Perry and Michael O'Neill pictured at the Awards. 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

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Ciaron Harkin and Gavin Whyte 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

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

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

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

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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 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) 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.

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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