Towell triumphant at Player of the Year Awards night

Padraig Whelan

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Padraig Whelan

Richie Towell, Dundalk FC Player of the Year with the James Gray perpetual Trophy, under 23 Young Player of the Year award, in centre and Travel Club Away Player of the Year award at the Dundalk FC Player of the Year awards in Oriel Park
Richie Towell was the major winner at Oriel Park on Sunday night at the club’s annual Player of the Year awards night.

Richie Towell was the major winner at Oriel Park on Sunday night at the club’s annual Player of the Year awards night.

The Dubliner has been a revelation since signing, making himself an instant fan favourite, and left the stadium afterwards with three awards in hand.

He collected the coveted Player of the Year award following an outstanding season which saw him end the season with 10 goals in total during a consistent campaign for the midfield marvel.

In a nice touch, Towell was presented with the James Gray Perpetual trophy by Thomas McConville, son of recently deceased Dundalk legend Tommy.

The ex-Celtic man, 22, was also eligible for the Young Player of the Year award for any member of the squad under the age of 23 and there were few surprises when he stepped up to win that trophy as well as Dundalk Travel Club Away Player of the Year trophy, presented by Margaret and John Curtis, meaning some space must be made on the mantlepiece in the Towell household.

The Player’s Player of the Year was scooped by central defensive star Andy Boyle who enjoyed an incredible season at the heart of a backline which conceded a mere 30 goals in the league.

There were certainly some quality contenders for the Goal of the Season award but in the end Kurtis Byrne’s vision and execution in cracking one home from the halfway line against Shelbourne saw him take that prestigious honour, given to him by the Dundalk Supporter’s Club’s Dublin Branch.

Breakout star Patrick Hoban’s 18 goals in all competitions, 14 in the league, saw him take home the Jim Malone Perpetual Trophy for Top Goalscorer which he was presented with by Jim’s grandchildren.

Glenda Shields, daughter of the late Marty, was recipient of the Marty Shields Perpetual Supporter of the Year award.