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FAI Announce Three Nominees For 2017 Ireland Player Of The Year Award

The list of nominees for the Three FAI International Awards for 2017 has been released.

Although the year was to end in disappointment for the Boys in Green at senior level, some members of Martin O’Neill’s squad truly cemented themselves as important players in the national setup.

To that end, James McClean, Shane Duffy and Darren Randolph have been nominated for the Senior International Player of the Year award.

McClean followed up his heroics in Vienna in 2016 wit the winner in Cardiff that sent Ireland to the World Cup playoffs. The West Brom man, having been in and out of the side prior to Euro 2016, is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.

So too is Shane Duffy, who emerged in the World Cup 2018 as Ireland’s strongest centre-back, putting in a number of commanding displays and coming up with a couple of important goals.

Randolph, meanwhile, performed admirably as the side’s last line of defence, and although he was not selected for this month’s friendly against Turkey, there is little to suggested that the Middlesbrough stopper will not be the number one for the Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Duffy also finds his name on the list of nominees for Young International Player of the Year. The Brighton centre-half from Cyrus Christie, who stepped up well in the absence of Seamus Coleman in the second half of the World Cup campaign, and Callum O’Dowda, who looks set to play an even bigger part in the squad with the retirements of some of the older generation.

For the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland Player of the Year, two members of Cork City’s double-winning squad are up for the honour. Sean Maguire, who has since made a big impression in England following a summer move to Preston North End, has been nominated alongside former Turner’s Cross teammate Conor McCormack, who played a key role in the City midfield last season.

Former Dundalk playmaker Patrick McEleney, now also in England with Oldham Athletic, is the third name on the list.

The winners will be announced at the awards show on Sunday March 18th, wherein legendary commentator Jimmy Magee will be honoured with a special ‘Special Merit’ awards for his services to sports broadcasting.

2017 ‘Three’ FAI International Awards Nominees

Senior International Player of the Year

Shane Duffy

James McClean

Darren Randolph

Senior Women’s International Player of the Year

Megan Campbell

Denise O’Sullivan

Harriet Scott

Young International Player of the Year

Cyrus Christie

Shane Duffy

Callum O’Dowda

International Goal of the Year

James McClean v Uruguay

James McClean v Wales

Jonathan Walters v Austria

Under 21 International Player of the Year

Harry Charsley

Josh Cullen

Olamide Shodipo

Under 19 International Player of the Year

Zachary Elbouzedi

Jayson Molumby

Declan Rice

Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year

Niamh Farrelly

Alex Kavanagh

Lucy McCartan

Under 17 International Player of the Year

Aaron Bolger

Aaron Connolly

Adam Idah

Under 17 Women’s International of the Year

Sadhbh Doyle

Heather Payne

Tiegan Ruddy

Under 16 International Player of the Year

Barry Coffey

Jason Knight

Max Murphy

Under 16 Women’s International Player of the Year

Amy Boyle

Aoife Slattery

Emily Whelan

Under 15 Men’s International Player of the Year

Seamas Keogh

Sean Kennedy

Troy Parrott

Junior International Player of the Year

Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)

Chris Higgins (St Michael’s)

David Joyce (Clonmel Celtic) 

Intermediate Player of the Year

Jimmy Bradley (Cockhill Celtic)

Brian Fitzgerald (Cobh Wanderers)

Aidan Roche (Liffey Wanderers)

Colleges & Universities International Player of the Year

Sean McLoughlin (UCC)

Daire O’Connor (UCD)

Ross Then (DCU)

Schools International Player of the Year

Shane Blaney (St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny)

Neil Farrugia (St Andrew’s College, Blackrock)

John Martin (Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown)

Football For All International Player of the Year

David Bissett (Homeless World Cup squad)

Gary Hoey (Amputee squad)

Gary Messitt (Cerebral Palsy squad)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year

Sean Maguire (Cork City)

Conor McCormack (Cork City)

Patrick McEleney (Dundalk)

Special Merit Award

Jimmy Magee


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