Football: Killester star chambers wins amateur award

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Stephen Chambers was the big amateur winner at the recent 33rd FAI International Awards Awards.

The Killester Donnycarney star performer saw his name up in lights, shining alongside star names such as Evan Ferguson, Nathan Collins and Courtney Brosnan.

The midfielder’s performances for the Irish Amateur International side saw him pick up an individual award in The Round Room in The Mansion House at an event to honour the International players who have excelled over the last year.  

Chambers’ picked up the Amateur International Player of the Year gong after a brilliant year in the green of Ireland.  

Chambers, who beat Lee McColgan and Eoin Murphy to the award, was crucial in helping Ireland qualify for the Regions Cup finals in Cambados.

Ireland didn’t win a game in Spain Galicia, Bravaria and Zenica-Doboj the classy midfielders were enough to earn him the prize.

Defender Nathan Collins won the Senior Men’s International Player of the Year award and goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan was named Senior Women’s International Player of the Year following superb seasons.

Evan Ferguson was selected as the Young Men’s Player of the Year and Heather Payne collected the first ever Young Women’s Player of the Year award.

WNT forward Amber Barrett pipped Collins and fellow senior team-mate Michael Obafemi to the International Goal of the Year for her finish against Scotland that helped Vera Pauw’s team qualify for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Rebekah Grant won the Football For All International Player of the Year after playing a key role in the Deaf Women’s Futsal Team qualifying for this year’s World Cup.

This year’s recipient of the Special Merit Award is Niamh O’Donoghue, who was the first woman elected to the FAI Council.

The two inductees into the FAI Hall of Fame were former international defender Kevin Moran and ex-WNT goalkeeper Sue Hayden.

Killester Donnycarney star Stephen Chambers is presented with the Amateur International Player of the Year award by Republic of Ireland Amateur International manager Gerry Davis during the FAI 33rd International Awards media event at Mansion House in Dublin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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