Roma McLaughlin is Ireland’s International U19 Player of the Year

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Roma McLaughlin has been named International Under-19 Women’s Player of the Year at the ‘Three’ FAI International Football Awards.

McLaughlin graduated into the senior team in 2016 and recently competed with the Colin Bell-managed seniors at the Cyprus Cup.

The Greencastle woman McLaughlin is in her final year with the Under-19s and recently signed for Shelbourne at club level.

The midfielder has really risen through the ranks and 2016 was a massive year for her.

McLaughlin has the Elite Qualifiers coming up with the Republic of Ireland Under-19s when a place at the summer’s finals – to be held in Belfast – is at stake – while she has recently signed for Shelbourne and is looking forward to playing in the Champions League.

In 2015, she moved from Greencastle to Peamount United in Dublin, winning the Women’s National League’s Young Player of the Year Award in her first season and making the Team of the Year in 2016.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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