Walters wins Player of the Year gong at FAI awards

By Stephen Barry

Jonathan Walters capped a goalscoring weekend with Stoke by becoming the Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI Soccer Awards.

Walters, who scored five goals in Euro 2016 qualifiers during the past year, took the top award ahead of Norwich City pair Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady.

On being added to the illustrious list of winners, Walters said: “You run through those names and it’s the players you grow up watching, so it’s a privilege to be among those names now.”

Jonathan Walters pictured after winning the 3 FAI Senior International Player of the Year award. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Walters was pipped to the Goal of the Year award by Shane Long, whose strike against Germany earned the Southampton attacker his second such award.

Long had previously won the honour two years ago for scoring in a friendly against England and jetted back to Dublin for tonight’s awards after playing 90 minutes in Southampton’s 3-2 victory against Liverpool today.

Brady, who like Walters scored for his club this weekend, won the Young International Player of the Year award – one of three awards he was nominated for on the night.

After only yesterday signing a transfer to American side Houston Dash, Denise O’Sullivan won the Senior Women's International Player of the Year award.

Tony Cascarino was inducted into the Hall of Fame, becoming the sixth player from the Euro '88 & Italia '90 squads to be recognised, while ex-Italy international Gianluca Vialli, who also played in those two tournaments, was named as the International Personality of the Year.

There was no surprise in the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year award, as Richie Towell added to his extensive list of honours. His former Dundalk teammates, Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan, were the other nominees.

Here’s a full list of award winners:

Senior International Player of the Year

Jonathan Walters

Senior Women's International Player of the Year

Denise O'Sullivan

Young International Player of the Year

Robbie Brady

Three International Goal of the Year

Shane Long v Germany

Special Merit

Regions' Cup team

Hall of Fame

Tony Cascarino

International Personality of the Year

Gianluca Vialli

Under 21 International Player of the Year

Alan Browne

Under 19 International Player of the Year

Ryan Manning

Under 19 Women's International Player of the Year

Megan Connolly

Under 17 International Player of the Year

Connor Ronan

Under 17 Women's International Player of the Year

Amanda McQuillan

Under 16 International Player of the Year

Jayson Molumby (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Under 16 Women's International Player of the Year

Heather Payne (Salthill Devon)

Under 15 International Player of the Year

Lee O'Connor (Villa - Waterford)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year

Richie Towell (Dundalk)

Junior International Player of the Year

Jimmy Carr (St Michael's)

Intermediate Player of the Year

Kenneth Hoey (Rockmount)

FAI School's International Player of the Year

Connor Ellis (Colaiste Phobail)

Football For All International Player of the Year

Mark Duffy (Special Olympics Ireland)

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