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Linfield midfielder Megan Bell bags English Championship move

Linfield's Megan Bell celebrates scoring the opener in the 2018 Irish Cup final.
Linfield's Megan Bell celebrates scoring the opener in the 2018 Irish Cup final.

By Josh Bunting

Linfield Ladies midfielder Megan Bell is on the move to the FA Women's Championship.

The 18-year-old has joined Durham Women, where she will link up with Northern Ireland team-mate Sarah McFadden ahead of the new 2019/20 season.

Durham finished fourth in their division last year behind eventual winners Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic.

Bell won two Danske Bank Women's Premiership titles, two Irish Cups, three League Cups and two County Antrim Cup winners medals at the Blues.

She leaves Linfield at the top of the table, having scored four goals to help the club to seven wins and a draw from their opening eight league games.

Bell made her senior Northern Ireland debut aged just 16 in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory in Slovakia in November 2017.

That came in the aftermath of the UEFA Women's U19 Championship that was hosted by Northern Ireland.

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The central midfielder played in all three games during the tournament as Northern Ireland lost 2-0 to eventual winners Spain at Windsor Park, drew 1-1 with Scotland and lost to semi-finalists Germany at Ballymena.

Bell netted her first senior international goal in a 1-1 draw with Romania in March last year.

"Megan has proved herself an outstanding prospect and this move will only enhance her ambitions of a full time career after she completes her studies at Durham University," said a Linfield Ladies statement.

"Linfield are delighted for Megan and to have played a part in her development. We have no doubt that she will go onto greater things and do her supportive family proud.

"The hard work starts again with a huge step up required and we have no doubt Megan will approach the challenge in the same way she has always done, with determination and a smile."

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