The list of nominees have been announced for the FAI International Awards but it’s likely to be a short ceremony. There won’t be many highlights to play back reviewing a year to forget for the senior team.
The Irish displays at Euro 2012 will make for hard viewing, both for Republic fans, and those present at RTÉ studios on Sunday, February 3. One official film of the summer’s tournament even chose to omit our one bright spot, Sean St. Ledger’s goal against Croatia. The header may be played on repeat to break the gloom of the evening in Montrose.
James McCarthy is nominated in both the Senior and Young Player of the Year categories. His superb form at club level couldn’t be replicated in the green shirt when he heartbreakingly withdrew from the Euro 2012 squad due to his father’s illness. While the Wigan midfielder suffered the horror of the German hammering, he ended the year having forced his way into Giovanni Trapattoni’s plans.
Keith Andrews was widely regarded as Ireland’s best player at the European Championship and he is joined by Kevin Doyle in the senior category.
Seamus Coleman is also up for the Young Player of the Year having enhanced his reputation against Germany while does around him embarrassed themselves. He also started against the Faroe Islands, easily the Ireland team’s best display of the year.
Robbie Brady is also up for the gong and is also nominated for the U21 award. Brady made his debut in the summer friendly with Oman and saw competitive senior action against Germany and the Faroe Islands. Brady’s strike at Craven Cottage is also up for the goal of the year.
The international goal of the year award also includes Marc Wilson long-range effort vs Faroes Islands and Kevin Doyle’s late winner vs Kazakhstan.
Marc Wilson vs Faroe Islands
Robbie Brady vs Oman
Kevin Doyle vs Kazakhstan
‘3’FAI International Football Awards Nominees
Senior International Player of the Year:
James McCarthy, Keith Andrews, Kevin Doyle
Young International Player of the Year:
Robbie Brady, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy
3 International Goal of the Year:
Marc Wilson, Robbie Brady, Kevin Doyle
Airtricity League Player of the Year:
Jason McGuiness, Mark Quigley, Danny Ventre
Under 21 International Player of the Year:
Aidan White, Robbie Brady, John Egan
Under 19 International Player of the Year:
Anthony Forde, John O’Sullivan, Sean McDermott
Under 17 International Player of the Year:
Sean Long, Jack Grealish, Ryan O’Reilly
Under 16 International Player of the Year:
James Talbot, Dan Casey, Cemal Ramadan
Senior Women’s International Player of the Year:
Louise Quinn, Ciara Grant, Emma Byrne
Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year:
Ciara O’Connell, Clare Shine, Emma Hansberry
Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year:
Lisa Casserly, Meagan Connolly, Lauren Dwyer
Junior International Player of the Year:
Adrian Walsh, Christopher Higgins, Paul Murphy
Intermediate Player of the Year:
David O’Sullivan, Gerry Gill, Brian Murphy
Football for All International Player of the Year:
Roy Keating, Shane Morrisey, Davy Byrne
FAI School’s International Player of the Year:
Sean Maguire, Brian Lenihan, Pierce Sweeney