ucd dominate pfai awards

29 September 2017

Four UCD players have been named in the PFA Ireland SSE Airtricity League Division One Team of the Year with striker Georgie Kelly also nominated for Player of the Year

While the spoils of the league title will fall to Waterford FC, it has been an excellent season for Collie O'Neill's Students. For much of the first half of the season, they posed a huge threat to favourites Waterford regaining their place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division before slip ups after the mid-season break ultimately proved to be costly.

Georgie Kelly
Georgie Kelly in action in the 2016/17 CUFL Premier Division Final. Credit: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile.

Donegal-born striker Georgie Kelly has netted fourteen goals in the campaign so far and deservedly is in the running for Player of the Year as his impact gave the Belfield side the edge over their opponents countless times.

Niall Corbett
Niall Corbet in action during the 2017 Collingwood Cup against UL. Credit: Ed Scannell

Goalkeeper Niall Corbet has been a familiar face between the posts in the Bowl and the 2013 World University Games player kept 12 clean sheets this season in his 26 league appearances to date.

Evan Osam
Evan Osam in action against Shelbourne in the SSE Airtricity League. Credit Laszlo Geczo ExtraTime.ie

Defender Evan Osam enjoyed a fine introduction in his debut season in the League of Ireland. The son of ex-player and current Republic of Ireland U16's Head Coach Paul Osam was returning from a long-term knee injury but showed no ill-effects as he played in all but one of UCD's league games and will be one to look forward to for the seasons ahead as he enters his fresher year in Belfield.

Greg Sloggett
Greg Sloggett in action for Ireland against Malaysia in the 2017 World University Games. Credit: Tommy Dickson INPHO

Midfielder Greg Sloggett has also been selected in the team after a good campaign. The Drogheda-born player was a late call-up to this year's World University Games where he played in wins against Chinese Taipei and Malaysia. He was also given the armband for the side midway through the season as regular skipper Gary O'Neill was sidelined during the summer.


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