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Neil Farrugia named FAI Schools POTY

St. Andrew's College, Blackrock student Neil Farrugia was honoured with the prestigious FAI Schools International Player of the Year Award tonight.Neil Farrugia POTY

Neil was born in France to an Irish mother and French father and moved to Ireland aged 7. He has previously starred with St. James Athletic, St. Joseph's Boys, Belvedere FC and only joined UCD in 2015.

Farrugia scored in the opening game against Wales from the penalty spot and followed up with the match winner against Northern Ireland in their next outing.

Unfortunately injury ruled him out for the Scotland and England encounters which saw the Republic of Ireland Schools select finish just after joint winners England and Northern Ireland last season.

Congratulations also to Neil's team-mates Shane BLANEY (St. Eunan's College), and John MARTIN (Presentation De La Salle, Bagnelstown) who were nominated for the award.

FAI Schools International Player of the Year Winners:

YEAR

WINNER

SCHOOL

1989/90

Barry Patton

St. Columba's College, Stranorlar

1990/91

Shaun Elebert

Plunket College, Whitehall

1991/92

Declan Boyle

St. Catherine's VS, Killybegs

1992/93

Anthony Scully

Collinstown Park Community College

1993/94

Karl Lafferty

St. Columba's College, Stranorlar

1994/95

Colin Hawkins

St. Joseph's College, Galway

1995/96

Darragh Sheridan

St. Mary's College, Galway

1996/97

Ronnie O'Brien

St. Brendan's College, Bray

1997/98

Kevin Doherty

St. Joseph's CBS, Fairview

1998/99

Conor O'Grady

Summerhill College, Sligo

1999/00

Alan Murphy

Ballinrobe Community School

2000/01

Ashley White

St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan

2001/02

Vincent Tyrell

St. Declan's College, Cabra

2002/03

Stephen Ward

Portmarnock Community School

2003/04

Darren Quigley

St. Laurence College, Dublin

2004/05

Gary Deegan

Chanel College, Dublin

2005/06

Conor Powell

Portmarnock Community School

2006/07

Pat Mullins

Limerick CBS

2007/08

John Mulroy

Moyle Park College, Clondalkin

2008/09

Shane Howard

Colaiste Eoin, Hacketstown

2009/10

Robbie Benson

Marist College, Athlone

2010/11

Hugh Douglas

St. Brendan's College, Bray

2011/12

Alan Browne

Nagle Community College

2012/13

Seán Maguire

CBS Kilkenny

2013/14

Ryan Manning

Yeats College, Galway

2014/15

Connor Ellis

Coláiste Phobail, Bheanntraí

2015/16

Conor McCarthy

Scoil Mhuire agus Smál, Blarney

2016/17

Neil Farrugia

St. Andrew’s College, Blackrock