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Toni Duggan saw off Liverpool captain Gemma Bonner and team mate Nikita Parris to be named Women's Player of the Year at the North West Football Awards on Monday night.
The Blues striker has been in scintillating form this season with 13 goals for her club and a number of virtuoso performances that have cemented her place in the senior England team.
But she was up against stiff competition in Reds skipper Bonner, who lifted the Womens Super League trophy earlier this year, and the impressive Parris, who had starred with both Everton and England Under-19s.
Speaking after picking up her award, a delighted Toni said: "I was not expecting to win to be honest. Nikita has had a really good season and helped the England Under-19s reach the final of the European Championships. Then Gemma Bonner has just won the WSL with Liverpool.
"So I didn't expect it but it's really flattering to win individual awards like this. But I have done well this season and for England so I am pleased to win the award. Plenty of girls from the North West could have been nominated but to have two Everton girls in the final three is obviously great for the club.
"Likewise, its great recognition for the youth system in England that three young players have been shortlisted for this award."
She also praised her team mate Parris, who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in Andy Spence's side with nine goals to her name.
"Nikita has had a great season as I say and I am sure she will be nominated again in the future," added Duggan. "She has scored some incredible goals and had success at international level as well.
"You have to appreciate what the others have done and all three of us would have been happy for whoever won it. Gemma texted me afterwards congratulating me, and Keets as well so it was a great moment for me, and helped Everton do really well on the night."
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