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Dundalk Lead The Way In The PFAI Premier Divison Team Of The Year

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Louth 5/7/2016 Dundalk vs Longford Town Dundalk's David McMillan celebrates scoring his second goal of the game with Patrick McEleney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

League of Ireland Premier Divison runners-up Dundalk have four names in this season’s PFAI Team of the Year – leaving champions Cork City trailing behind with just three.

Defenders Sean Gannon and Niclas Vemmelund are both named, along with playmaker Patrick McEleney and prolific striker David McMillan.

For league winners City, meanwhile, they have to settle for just three players – two of which have since departed. Ryan Delaney, on loan from English Championship side Burton Albion, partners Vemmelund in defence, while Gearóid Morrissey is included in the midfield. Sean Maguire, who has since departed for Preston North End, is named having scored 20 goal in 21 matches before leaving in July – a tally that was never surpassed in the final few months.

Derry City, meanwhile, have two players included after another campaign that ended with clinching Europa League football. Goalkeeper Ger Doherty and midfielder Aaron McEneff take their places in the lineup.

The final two spots go to Shamrock Rovers’ versatile young talent Trevor Clarke, and Galway United forward Ronan Murray.

In all, five players have been included for the second year running, namely Doherty, Gannon, McEleney, Maguire and McMillan.

The list of nominees for the Player of the Year awards has also been announced, with a three-way tussle between brewing between Maguire, McEleney and McEneff for PFAI Premier Divison Player of the Year.

In what could turn out to be a busy awards night for McEneff, the 22-year-old has also been nominated for Young Player of the Year alongside Delaney and Clarke.

Overseas player of the Year this year will be contested by Shane Duffy (Brighton), James McClean (West Brom) and Robbie Brady (Burnley), all full Irish internationals playing in the Premier League.

And finally, Women’s International Player of the Year will be contested by Megan Campbell (North Carolina Courage), Kate McCabe (Arsenal) and Megan Campbell (Manchester City).

The awards will take place in Dublin on Saturday, November 18th.

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In this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we review last week’s FAI Cup final with former Cork City defender Derek Coughlan and look ahead to Ireland’s massive World Cup play-off against Denmark.

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