Irish FA: Cheryl Lamont becomes the first women's football representative to be appointed to IFA board

Northern Ireland's women celebrate a goal in the win over the Faroe Islands last year
Northern Ireland women's team will aim to qualify for the Euro 2022 finals when they face Ukraine in a play-off next month

County Antrim FA president Cheryl Lamont has become the first women's football representative to be appointed as an Irish FA board member.

In December, the Irish FA voted to have a women's football representative on the ruling board for the first time.

Lamont's appointment to the board was confirmed along with County Antrim FA pair Mervyn Martin and Simon McCoy.

Martin and McCoy secured their positions after a vote which also involved Ards official Brian Adams.

Those two vacancies were created when Robert Haworth (Co Antrim FA) and Alan Willis (Mid Ulster FA) stepped down from the board back in October having served the maximum three terms of three years.

The IFA board, which is chaired by Stephen Martin, also includes Irish FA President David Martin, Jack Grundie, Gerard Lawlor and Michael Wilson plus non-executive directors Helen Kirkpatrick and Norman McKeown.

The Irish FA also plans to appoint a new head of women's football in 2021.

The profile of women's football in Northern Ireland has never been higher with the country's international team facing Ukraine next month in a European Championship play-off with the winners qualifying for next year's finals.

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