McQuillan FAI’s winner

by Gazette Reporter

SHELBOURNE Ladies goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan picked up the Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year at last week’s FAI International Awards in Dublin, while former Crumlin United, Bluebell United and Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell collected the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year award.
They were among the Dubliners to win prizes at the gala event with former St Kevin’s Boys man Robbie Brady also honoured as the Republic of Ireland young player of the year while he also was in the running for goal of the year for his brilliant effort in the Euro qualifier against Bosnia.
McQuillan picked up the award on the back of a successful year both at international and club level, playing for Shelbourne ladies in the Women’s National League as well as stepping between the posts as Ireland Under-19 goalkeeper.
Shelbourne merged with Raheny United at the end of last season to form Shelbourne ladies FC, with Raheny winning the Women’s FAI Cup in 2014.
McQuillan was a member of the Raheny side which beat Peamount United 3-2 after extra time to claim the 2015 WNL Cup having played at Shelbourne in her youth before moving back following the merge of Shels and Raheny.
She made her debut for Ireland in August 2013 in a 12-1 hammering of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship qualifying rounds.
Elsewhere Richie Towell picked up the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year award on the same night.
His 25 league goals propelled Dundalk towards four out of five domestic honours available in 2015, winning the Premier Division for a second consecutive year as well as the Leinster Senior Cup, Presidents Cup and FAI Cup.
Towell has since moved to Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion who currently sit second in the table, seeming likely to gain promotion to the Premier League for next season.
He played for Crumlin United before a move to Scottish champions Celtic in 2007. Having been released from the Hoops, he played for a short period for Leinster Senior League side Bluebell United before moving to play for Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk in 2012.
The midfielder won the PFAI’s Player of the Year award back in November while also collecting the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Personality of the Year for 2015, scoring the winner in last season’s FAI Cup final against Cork City at the Aviva Stadium.

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