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BALBRIGGAN native Jordan Doherty was celebrating on Sunday night after he walked away from the FAI International Football Awards at Donnybrook with the Under-16 player of the year gong in his hands.
 
Jordan Doherty in Irish Under-17 action

BALBRIGGAN native Jordan Doherty was celebrating on Sunday night after he walked away from the FAI International Football Awards at Donnybrook with the Under-16 player of the year gong in his hands.
The youngster, who togs out for Home Farm FC, was up for the award alongside Aaron Bolger from Shamrock Rovers and Manchester United star Lee O’Connor, but beat both after making a successful step up to the Ireland Under-17 squad.
He missed the awards ceremony as he was playing in the UEFA Under-17 Championship Elite Round qualifiers where he scored in a 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands. They followed up with a 1-0 win over Slovakia before beating Cyprus 2-0 to make it a perfect series.
Robbie Brady was the biggest winner on the night as the former St Kevin’s Boys prodigy scooped up no less than three awards – largely due to his superb performances for Ireland at Euro 2016 in France.
The Dubliner won player of the year and young player of the year after scoring twice in France – including the late winning goal against Italy that won the award for goal of the year.
Brady beat off stiff competition for the top prize in the form of Seamus Coleman and Jeff Hendrick, which he acknowledged at the ceremony. “I’ve been fortunate enough on this one; the other two nominees had fantastic years. I’m honoured to have just pipped them, but it’s a massive honour for me and for my family,” said Brady.
For the ladies, UCD Waves defender Karen Duggan picked up the senior women’s player of the year after being nominated for the award alongside current UCD teammate Aine O’Gorman, and former Peamount teammate Stephanie Roche.
“It’s a complete shock, I’m absolutely honoured,” Duggan said afterwards. “Every time that I get the jersey, I’m playing to get it back the next day. I’m not looking towards receiving awards, but it is a huge honour to play for your country and get recognised for it. It is something you dream about when you are young.”

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