Lauren helps UUJ to All-Ireland glory

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A COLERAINE student has scooped an all Ireland soccer medal.

Lauren Wade (19) is a student at Jordanstown University.

Last week, Lauren was part of the University’s football team who travelled to Galway to compete in the Women’s Soccer Colleges Association of Ireland Cup competition.

The UUJ team beat a Cork University side 9-0 to be crowned first division champions.

Lauren, is no stranger to the local game.

She learned her trade at East End, Bertie Peacock Youth and Coleraine Ladies.

She also gained a full international cap playing for the senior ladies side against Scotland a few years ago.

“Galway was a great experience,” told Lauren.

“The girls all played very well in the final, and we deserved the win.”

The teenager who has just returned to the game after two years out is delighted to be back.

“I am just delighted to be back playing again.

“I have been out of football for two years due to a hip problem, but I had an operation last year, and thankfully it was a success.”

Lauren has just signed for Glentoran Ladies, and the new season can’t come quick enough for the Coleraine girl.

“We’re already back in pre-season training.

“The season begins now next month, and I’m just delighted to get the boots back on again.”

UUJ Coach, Naomi McMullan was full of praise for our Lauren, she told Times Sport: “ Lauren came in as a fresher this year and was one of our most valuable players. Her work rate for our team was immense, playing left midfield she had countless assists and numerous goals.

“She definitely was a massive part of us achieving our success this year, a very hard working playing with an unbelievable left foot.”