HOT on the heels of having three players included in RTE’s Monday Night Soccer Airtricity Premier Division “Team of the Year,” the Brandywell club also have three players included in the PFAI “Team of the Year,” with awards to be presented in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin tomorrow night.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
Two players, goalkeeper Gerard Doherty and striker, Eamon Zayed, have been included in both teams while James McClean had been selected by the RTE pundits and centre-back, Stewart Greacen, selected by the League of Ireland players for the PFAI team.
And Derry City players will also compete for the top individual awards with Zayed, whose 22 goals last season saw him finish the leading Premier Division marksman, has been nominated as one of the six candidates for the senior “Player of the Year” Award.
McClean, who was sold to Sunderland for a fee of £350,000 at the end of the summer will join the “Candy Stripes” talented left-back, Danny Lafferty, as two of the three nominees for the PFAI’s “Young Player of the Year” Award, the third candidate identified as Shamrock Rovers full-back, Enda Stevens, who now joins Premiership side, Aston Villa.
The PFAI Awards, sponsored by the Swatch (Ireland) Group, will host the formal function in the Burlington tomorrow night with former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain, Roy Keane, as the special guest.
PFAI General Secretary, Stephen McGuinness, praised the Airtricity League players who had been nominated for awards, suggesting that tomorrow night’s ceremony would be the biggest in the Association’s history.
“We are absolutely delighted to have such a prestigious partner in Tissot to sponsor our annual awards,” said the former St. Pat’s defender. “We are looking forward to the biggest awards night in the Association’s history and a great finale to what has been a fantastic domestic season,” he added.
The nominations for the various awards are - PFAI “Player of the Year” nominees - Eoin Doyle (Sligo Rovers), Daryl Kavanagh (St. Pat’s), Mark Quigley (Dundalk), Richie Ryan (Sligo Rovers), Pat Sullivan (Shamrock Rovers) and Eamon Zayed (Derry City).
The PFAI “Young Player of the Year” nominees are - Daniel Lafferty (Derry City), James McClean (Derry City) and Enda Stevens (Shamrock Rovers).
Irish Overseas “Player of the Year” nominees - Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Shane Long (West Brom).
Referee of the Year Award - Neil Doyle, Alan Kelly and Paul Tuite.
Premier Team of the Year - Gerard Doherty (Derry City); Pat Sullivan (Shamrock Rovers), Stewart Greacen (Derry City), Craig Sives (Shamrock Rovers), Enda Stevens (Shamrock Rovers; Stephen Bradley (St. Pat’s), Daryl Kavanagh (St. Pat’s), Richie Ryan (Sligo), Mark Quigley (Dundalk); Eamon Zayed (Derry City) and Eoin Doyle (Sligo).
First Division “Team of the Year” - Mark McNulty (Cork); Danny Murphy (Cork), Stephen Paisley (Shelbourne), Pat Purcell (Limerick), Lorcan Fitzgerald (Shelbourne); Sean Brennan (Monaghan United), Gearoid Morrissey (Cork), David Cassidy (Shelbourne), Shane Duggan (Cork); Graham Cummings (Cork) and Philip Hughes (Shelbourne)