ARMAGH City Ladies FC held their Annual End of Season awards night recently, following the completion of the season in September.
It was a disappointing campaign for all involved seeing the side relegated from the second highest division of women's football in Northern Ireland after competing in the Championship for seven years.
Nevertheless the ladies, coaches and committee remained hardworking throughout and this dedication was rewarded at the awards night in Embers.
The following awards where presented and won by: Most Improved - Sine Fagan, Top goalscorer - Philippa Dougan Toal, Advanced Financial Services & Aspire Health Cup for Club person of the year - Catherine Quinn, Managers Player of the Year - Beth McKinney and The Embers Cup for Players Player of the Year - Philippa Dougan Toal.
This year saw local businesses sponsor Armagh City Ladies with two new cups to be presented. Simon Sheldon of Advanced Financial services & Aspire Health sponsored the Club Person of the Year award and John Murray sponsored The Embers Cup for Players Player of the Year. Simon is pictured with his children, committee member Brian McEnteggart, Ladies Coach Mike Rees and winner Catherine Quinn. John is pictured presenting Philippa Dougan Toal with her award. Special thanks goes to both these men for their support for the Ladies this year.
Armagh City Ladies would also like to thanks their sponsors Homecare for their continuous support and Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon council for the use of the excellent facilities throughout the season. Thanks also go to Armagh Sports and Trophies.
Finally the last presentation of the night went in the form of a cheque worth £606 to SANDS charity which Leo and Philippa Dougan Toal accepted. This money was raised from a street collection in Armagh in June, both Leo and Philippa ran the Belfast marathon in May for this Charity and there was never any doubt that we would support them and help fundraise for such a worthy cause.
Now that the season is over until 2018, Armagh City Ladies FC both the Senior and Junior teams are still kicking away. The ladies made history on Friday night by playing their first Futsal match against Portadown in a newly founded league. This is also the first year that junior teams both under 13 and under 11 have competed in the NI southern girls league.
Following on from an exciting summer for NI hosting the under 19 European Championships, women's/girls football is growing, if you would like to get involved in any way or have a daughter that would be interested, like and follow Armagh City Ladies FC on Facebook for regular updates.