Crusaders Strikers teenage forward Emily Wilson has won the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Danske Bank Women’s Premiership Player of the Month award for November.
The 19-year-old’s goal-scoring form was rewarded with an international call-up and she played a part in Northern Ireland’s history-making achievement when they qualified for the Women’s Euro 2022 play-offs.
Wilson started November by scoring a 90th minute equaliser to get the Crues a point against Sion Swifts and she then notched four in a seven-goal demolition of Cliftonville.
She told nifootballleague.com: “It has been a great month for both our club and me personally.
“We’ve been doing really well this season, I thought we played well this past month and I’m glad to get on the scoresheet a few times in the month as well.”
Recognition of her efforts have come despite only recently returning from a year out to focus on her A Levels.
She added: “To get the call into the Northern Ireland squad was incredible. I made my senior debut in a tournament in Turkey a couple of years ago. The match against Belarus was my competitive senior debut and to be part of the team that qualified for the Euro play-off was fantastic.”
Crusaders Strikers host title-favourites Glentoran tonight (Wednesday 9 December), with live streaming of the game on bbc.co.uk/sportni and BBC iPlayer.