Winning Senior international debut in Slovakia caps wonderful year for Linfield's Megan Bell

Posted : 28th November 2017 at 23:02:20

It's been a whirlwind year for Linfield star Megan Bell who made her senior international debut in today's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win away to Slovakia.

The highlights of a remarkable year include.

April 17 - Megan celebrates her 16th birthday.

July 26 - Megan is part of the victorious Linfield Ladies team that wins the League Cup final after a 6-3 win against Newry City at Solitude.

Having played every Linfield Ladies league and cup tie all season (except an Irish Cup tie away to Sion Swifts) Megan is a late call up to the UEFA under 19 championship which was being held in Northern Ireland.

Aug. 8 - Megan plays in the opening game in the tournament - a 2-0 defeat by Spain at Windsor Park.

Aug. 11 - Megan plays in the next game in the tournament - a 1-1 draw against Scotland at Mourneview Park.

Aug. 14 - Megan plays in the final game in the tournament - a 6-0 defeat by Germany in Ballymena.

Aug. 22 - Megan makes her debut in the UEFA Champions League in a 1-0 defeat by PK-35 Vantaa of Finland.

Aug. 24 - In the middle of the UEFA Champions League campaign Megan collects her GCSE results.

Aug. 25 - Megan scores Linfield's first ever UEFA Champions League goal in a 4-1 defeat by KKYK Medyk Konin of Poland.

Aug. 28 - Megan scores Linfield's second UEFA Champions League goal in a 3-1 defeat by Shelbourne.

Megan's two UEFA Champions League goals made her the leading goalscorer of all the 4 teams in the group.

Aug. 30 - Megan, an ever present in the League campaign, plays in the 4-1 win against Newry City at Rathmore that secures the Danske Bank NIFL Premier League title for a second consecutive season for Linfield. League winners medal to go with League Cup winners medal.

Oct 1 - Megan scored both goals for Northern Ireland’s Women's Under-17s in the UEFA European Women's U17 Championship qualifying 2-0 win against Georgia at Municipal Sergio Conceicao in Coimbra, Portugal. The Linfield Ladies star midfielder opened the scoring on the half-hour mark after the ball was floated over from a corner. Then, on 49 minutes, she doubled her tally in similar circumstances following another set piece.

Nov. 28 - Aged 16 years, 7 months, 11 days Megan became Linfield's latest senior international, making her debut in a World Cup qualifying 3-1 win in Slovakia.

And it's a year that can still run and run - as Megan is expected to captain Linfield under 17s in a cup tie in Coleraine on Friday night.

A truly inspirational young lady and everyone at Linfield FC is proud of her achievements and congratulates her on making her senior international debut today.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat

Above - Megan scores for Linfield in the UEFA Champions League.

Above - Megan receives a special award from Stephen Dickson - leading goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League group.

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