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Dundalk and Cork City dominate PFAI Team and Player of the year shortlist

There’s also plenty of recognition for newly-crowned First Division champions Limerick.

Daryl Horgan scores the first goal Daryl Horgan (Dundalk) Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

TWO PLAYERS EACH from Dundalk and Cork City are in the running for the PFAI Player of the Year award for 2016, as voted for by their fellow professionals.

The Premier Division’s leading two clubs dominate the list of nominees, which was announced today. Dundalk put one hand on a third consecutive league title after last night’s win over Longford Town, coupled with City’s defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, left Stephen Kenny’s side seven points clear with just three games to play.

The Player of the Year shortlist is made up of Dundalk duo Daryl Horgan and Stephen O’Donnell, as well as Cork City pair Sean Maguire and Greg Bolger. Maguire is also one of two players from the Leesiders in the mix for the Young Player of the Year award.

Six Dundalk players feature in the Team of the Year, which also includes four players from Cork City. Derry City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty is the only player in the team from outside the top two.

Sean Maguire celebrates scoring a goal early in the game Sean Maguire (Cork City) Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Premier Division Player of the Year nominees

Daryl Horgan (Dundalk)
Greg Bolger (Cork City)
Sean Maguire (Cork City)
Stephen O’Donnell (Dundalk)

Young Player of the Year nominees

Dylan Connolly (Bray Wanderers)
Kevin O’Connor (Cork City)
Sean Maguire (Cork City)

Premier Division Team of the Year

Gerard Doherty (Derry City)
Sean Gannon (Dundalk)
Kenny Browne (Cork City)
Andy Boyle (Dundalk)
Kevin O’Connor (Cork City)
Stephen O’Donnell (Dundalk)
Greg Bolger (Cork City)
Patrick McEleney (Dundalk)
Sean Maguire (Cork City)
David McMillan (Dundalk)
Daryl Horgan (Dundalk)

Shane Duggan with Graham Kelly Shane Duggan (Limerick) Source: Tom Beary/INPHO

The First Division awards are dominated by UCD and champions Limerick, who make up the entirety of the Team of the Year and the shortlist for the Player of the Year.

First Division Player of the Year nominees

Freddy Hall (Limerick)
Robbie Williams (Limerick)
Shane Tracy (Limerick)
Paudie O’Connor (Limerick)
Maxi Kouogun (UCD)
Shane Duggan (Limerick)
Gary O’Neill (UCD)
Lee J Lynch (Limerick)
Aaron Greene (Limerick)
Ryan Swan (UCD)
Chris Mulhall (Limerick)

The nominees for the awards for Irish Overseas Player of the Year, Women’s Senior International Player of the Year and Referee of the Year were also announced.

Irish Overseas Player of the Year

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley)
Robbie Brady (Norwich City)
Shane Long (Southampton)

Denise O’Sullivan Denise O'Sullivan (Ireland and Houston Dash) Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Women’s Senior International Player of the Year

Denise O’Sullivan (Houston Dash)
Karen Duggan (UCD Wolves)
Louise Quinn (Esklistuna United)

Referee of the Year

Graham Kelly
Neil Doyle
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