Ending on a High Note

By Nicole Rogers

It’s the eve of Sligo Rovers last match of the season in the Airtricity Premier League Division, the match will be be a bit of a kick about for Rovers with the League title already won. Rovers have many nominations in the PFAI awards Mark Quigley and Jason McGuinness are up for Player of the Year, against Ronan Finn of Shamrock Rovers and Sean O’Connor of St. Patrick’s Athletic. David Cawley is also up for Young Player of the Year award and 5 of the Rovers Squad have been named on the Premier Division Team of the Year.

Quigley is Bit O’Red supporters hero after he scored the winning penalty to secure Rovers as champions after 35 years, he is nominated along with defender Jason McGuinness who also produced a great display on the historic day. Both players received the accolade of Player of the Month from the Airtricity/Soccor Writers Association.

Quigley received the award for his performance during the month of August, he found the back of the net four times in the five games as Rovers competed in the League. This was not Quigley’s first award from the SWAI, he also received the award back in 2008 and 2011. No player has received this award more than three times, Quigley joined Gary Twigg and Brian Shelley whom also received the award three times.

McGuinness received the award for his skill as a defender in the month of September, he played a key role for Rovers at the centre of their defense with only two goals being conceded during the month. The 6’4″ defender has had a great season with Rovers alongside Gavin Peers.

Five of the Rovers squad have been picked to be in the Premier Division Team of the Year, Quigley and McGuiness are joined by Gary Rogers in goal, defender Gavin Peers  and injured striker Danny North. Danny North has unfortunately been injured since the end of the July after he received a ruptured cruciate ligament in the Showgrounds during the second leg of the Europa League against Spartak Trnava.

Pat’s are taking four of the other spots on the team with Sean O’Connor, James Chambers, Ian Bermingham and Ger O’Brien. Stephen McLaughlin of Derry City and midfielder Ronan Finn of Sham’s are clinching the last two spots.

Sligo are also have a nomination in the Young Player of the Year award with David Cawley being shortlisted he made an appearance in the match that clinched the league title during the second half replacing Jeff Henderson.  Cawley is up against Seanie Maguire of Waterford United who scored 13 goals in the First Division and Chris Forrester of Pat’s who scored against Rovers in their last meeting to bring his side level with the Bit O’Red side during the second half.

The Sligo side have had a great season being crowned champions of the Airtricity League Premier Division, having three of the sides players receiving Player of the Month Award, and  now receiving nominations from the PFAI to end what has been a historic season for the club.

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