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Limerick dominate First Division team of the year

The First Division champions fill five of the 11 spots on the PFAI’s 2012 selection.

Award: Limerick FC skipper Pat Purcell, named today on the First Division team of the year, lifts the league trophy.
Award: Limerick FC skipper Pat Purcell, named today on the First Division team of the year, lifts the league trophy.
Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

FIRST DIVISION CHAMPIONS Limerick FC dominate the division’s 2012 Team of the Year, announced by the PFAI on Tuesday afternoon.

Pat Scully’s men have five representatives from their promotion-clinching season with captain Pat Purcell joined by defensive partner Shane Treacy, midfield duo Joe Gamble and Stephen Bradley, and striker Rory Gaffney.

Fellow promotion hopefuls Waterford United fill three of the positions. Blues goalkeeper Packie Holden is named between the sticks with midfield general Gary Dempsey and Sean Maguire, one of the league’s joint-top scorers with 13 goals, also recognised.

Longford duo Noel Haverty and Keith Gillespie earn nods for their role in helping Town to the promotion play-offs while Athlone defender Brian McCarthy is the only player from a club outside the top three to make the final cut.

PFAI First Division team of the year

Packie Holden (Waterford); Pat Purcell (Limerick), Brian McCarthy (Athlone), Shane Tracy (Limerick), Noel Haverty (Longford); Gary Dempsey (Waterford), Keith Gillespie (Longford), Joe Gamble (Limerick), Stephen Bradley (Limerick); Sean Maguire (Waterford) and Rory Gaffney (Limerick).

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