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Liverpool Ladies dominate FA women's football awards

Liverpool Ladies enjoyed great success at this year's 15th annual FA women's football awards in London, picking up three of the five honours on offer on Friday.

Ladies manager Matt Beard was awarded the FA Manager of the Year award by Trevor Brooking after successfully guiding the Ladies to Women's Super League glory.

Natasha Dowie, meanwhile, collected the FA Players' Player of the Year award and the FA Women's Super League top goalscorer award after netting an impressive 19 goals in 21 games in all competitions this season.

Beard said: "I am honoured to be named FA Manager of the Year.

"It has been a truly incredible year for Liverpool Ladies and to be officially acknowledged by the FA for all the hard work really is the icing on the cake.

"Today's event has been a fantastic celebration of all the passionate and talented people involved in the women's game, which I am proud to be a part of."

Dowie added: "Accepting the FA WSL top goalscorer award and the FA Players' Player of the Year award today has been so overwhelming.

"To receive the support and acknowledgement from my fellow players and the FA is such an honour and it marks the end of a fantastic season for me.

"To be a part of an ambitious, talented team is amazing and I know these awards will add even more fuel to my fire to continue to give 110 per cent."

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