Champions Sligo dominate end-of-season awards shortlist
Sligo Rovers dominate the latest end-of-season awards shortlist with three outfield players, manager Ian Baraclough and goalkeeper Gary Rogers all among the Soccer Writers Association of Ireland/Airtricity nominees named yesterday.
Danny Ventre, Jason McGuinness and Mark Quigley, all key contributors to Sligo Rovers’ long-awaited title success, make the six-strong Personality-of-the-Year list along with Baraclough and two other managers, Drogheda United Mick Cooke and Declan Devine of Derry City.
Aside from Rogers, the other contenders for the goalkeeper award are Ger Doherty, who helped Derry to the FAI Cup, and Gabriel Sava, whose performances for Drogheda helped the club to both the League Cup and more remarkably a second place in the league.
Shamrock Rovers, meanwhile, have confirmed that 30-year-old centre half Ken Oman has re-signed with the club for the coming season while Colin Healy has also agreed terms for another campaign with Cork City.
Nominees: Personality of the Year: Declan Devine (Derry City), Mick Cooke (Drogheda United), Ian Baraclough (Sligo Rovers), Jason McGuinness, Danny Ventre, Mark Quigley (Sligo Rovers). Goalkeeper of the Year: Gerard Doherty (Derry City), Gabriel Sava (Drogheda United), Gary Rogers (Sligo Rovers).