Shane Duffy and Harriet Scott claim top honours at the FAI International Awards

Mon, Mar 19 2018

Duffy headed Ireland into an early lead in the second leg against Denmark as Ireland missed out on World Cup qualification. Credit: Michael P Ryan

Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Shane Duffy claimed the men’s senior international player of the year and Harriet Scott the women's gong at last night’s Three FAI International Awards.

After a breakthrough year for the Duffy during the 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign, which ended in heartbreaking fashion against Denmark, the Derry man took the spoils after some courageous displays in the for Martin O’Neill’s men.

Also claiming top honours was women’s international star Harriet Scott, who played a pivotal role for the Girls in Green in 2017.

Reading defender Scott only made her international debut in March of last year but has clearly impressed in her brief time in green as she claimed the award ahead of Megan Campbell and Denise O’Sullivan.

James McClean grabbed the honour of the International Goal of the Year with his sumptuous winning strike against Wales in the last game of the Boys in Green's group campaign, while 25-year-old Fulham right-back Cyrus was declared the Young International of the Year.

Former Chelsea winger and current Shamrock Rovers under-15 Head Coach Damien Duff was honoured by the FAI at the lavish awards ceremony which saw the Ballyboden native presented with a place in the FAI’s Hall of Fame.

Preston North End striker Sean Maguire was presented with the SSE Airtricity League player of the Year Award after his stunning performances for Cork City at Turner’s Cross in the first half of last season.

West Ham United pair Josh Cullen and Declan Rice saw themselves named under-19 and under-21 Players of the Year respectively, while Lucy McCartan was named women’s under-19 Player of the Year.

Former Ireland assistant managerand former Italian World Cup winner Marco Tardelli was named International Personality of the Year, while the Special Merit Award went to the late Jimmy Magee.

 

28th Three FAI International Awards winners:

Senior International Player of the Year
Shane Duffy

Senior Women's International Player of the Year
Harriet Scott

Young International Player of the Year
Cyrus Christie

Three International Goal of the Year
James McClean v Wales

Under-21 International Player of the Year
Josh Cullen

Under-19 International Player of the Year
Declan Rice

Under-19 Women's International Player of the Year
Lucy McCartan

Under-17 International Player of the Year
Aaron Bolger

Under-17 Women's International of the Year
Tiegan Ruddy

Under-16 International Player of the Year
Jason Knight

Under-16 Women's International Player of the Year
Aoife Slattery

Under-15 Men's International Player of the Year
Troy Parrott

Junior International Player of the Year
Chris Higgins (St Michael's)

Intermediate Player of the Year
Aidan Roche (Liffey Wanderers)

Colleges & Universities International Player of the Year
Sean McLoughlin (UCC)

Schools International Player of the Year
Neil Farrugia (St Andrew's College, Blackrock)

Football For All International Player of the Year
Gary Messitt (Cerebral Palsy squad)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year
Sean Maguire (Cork City)

Special Merit
Jimmy Magee

International Personality
Marco Tardelli

Hall of Fame
Damien Duff