Kilkenny hotshot Ellen Molloy makes shortlist for international award

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Ellen Molloy has made the FAI's international awards shortlist

Kilkenny soccer starlet Ellen Molloy is in the running to land an international honour.

The Inistioge girl has made the shortlist for the Under-15 Women's Schools International Player of the Year award at the FAI International Awards.

Molloy, a student at the Presentation Secondary School in Kilkenny, is up against Aoife Cronin (Scoil Pól, Kilfinane) and Jessie Stapleton (Palmerstown Community School) for the prize.

Molloy has been a revelation at school, club and national level. She recently completed a transfer to League of Ireland outfit Wexford Youths from local side Thomastown United. Should she win the award she will follow in the footsteps of another Kilkenny international star - Preston North End's Seanie Maguire was named international schools player while a student at CBS Kilkenny.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the awards ceremony was originally postponed from earlier this year and will not take place due to social distancing protocols remaining in place.

This is the 30th year of the Awards and celebrates the performances of players in the previous international season.

The 'Hall of Fame' and 'Special Merit' recipients will be announced next week along with the winners of each category.

The full list of nominations for the 2019 'Three' FAI International Awards is:

Senior Men's International Player of the Year
David McGoldrick
Enda Stevens
Glenn Whelan

Senior Women's International Player of the Year
Katie McCabe
Denise O’Sullivan
Louise Quinn

Young International Player of the Year
Alan Browne
Josh Cullen
Callum Robinson

'Three' International Goal of the Year
Conor Hourihane v Georgia
Lee O’Connor v Sweden
Troy Parrott v Sweden

Under-21 International Player of the Year  
Aaron Connolly
Lee O’Connor
Dara O’Shea

Under-19 Men's International Player of the Year
Jonathan Afolabi
Will Ferry
Lee O’Connor

Under-19 Women's International Player of the Year
Sadhbh Doyle
Megan Mackey
Roisin McGovern

Under-18 Men's International Player of the Year
Adam Idah
Jason Knight
Oisin McEntee

Under-17 Men's International Player of the Year
James Furlong
Joe Hodge
Andrew Omobamidele

Under-17 Women's International Player of the Year
Shauna Brennan
Eabha O’Mahony
Jessica Ziu

Under-16 Men's International Player of the Year
Colin Conroy
Ben McCormack
Gavin O'Brien

Under-16 Women's International Player of the Year
Kerryanne Browne
Della Doherty
Aoife Horgan

Under-15 Men's International Player of the Year
Evan Ferguson
Glory Nzingo
John Ryan

Under-15 Women's Schools International Player of the Year
Aoife Cronin (Scoil Pól, Kilfinane)
Ellen Molloy (Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny)
Jessie Stapleton (Palmerstown Community School)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year
Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
Sean Gannon (Dundalk)
Chris Shields (Dundalk)

Intermediate Player of the Year
Alan McGreal (Crumlin United)
Dave O’Leary (Avondale United)
Conor Tourish (Letterkenny Rovers)

Junior International Player of the Year
Jordan Buckley (Usher Celtic)
Sean Guerins (St Michaels)
Kieran McDaid (Buncrana Hearts)

Colleges & Universities International Player of the Year
Dean Kelly (IT Carlow)
Maurice Nugent (NUI Galway)
Rob Slevin (University College Cork)

Schools International Player of the Year
Brandon Bermingham (St Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda)
Josh Honohan (St Francis College, Rochestown)
Niall O’Keefe (De La Salle College, Wateford)

Football For All International Player of the Year
Laurence Bryan (Street League)
Thomas Donogher (Powerchair)
Dillon Sheridan (Cerebral Palsy)