RIS­ING STAR

Pierce up for ma­jor FAI award

Bray People - - SPORT -

2012 MAY have been a life-chang­ing year in the life of Pierce Sweeney but 2013 hasn't started too badly for the de­fender ei­ther writes Daniel Gor­man.

This week the 18 year old cel­e­brated be­ing nom­i­nated for the FAI School's In­ter­na­tional Player of the Year and also re­ceived a call-up to the Repub­lic of Ire­land U-19 squad for their dou­ble-header against the Czech Repub­lic.

Read­ing young­ster Sweeney was an­nounced as one of three play­ers in the mix to win the schools player of the year tro­phy. The former Co­laiste Raithin stu­dent is up against re­cent West Ham United sign­ing Seani Maguire and Brian Leni­han at the awards cer­e­mony, which will be held at RTE stu­dios on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, at 8pm. It will be broad­cast live on RTE Two.

This par­tic­u­lar award is no stranger to the Garden County though. A few sea­sons ago, Sweeney's former Bray Wan­der­ers team-mate John Mul­roy claimed the prize for the Carlisle Grounds club and just last year, Sweeney's cousin; Hughie Dou­glas of UCD, was handed the tro­phy.

And to top off a bril­liant few days for the stylish cen­tre half, he was then in­cluded in Paul Doolin's 20-man Repub­lic of Ire­land U-19 squad for the forth­com­ing friendlies against the Czech Repub­lic. On Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, the young Boys in Green will lock horns with the Czechs at Long­ford Town's Flan­care Park and then on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, the sides will do bat­tle in Athlone.

Wicklow’s Pierce Sweeney is up for the FAI Schools In­ter­na­tional Player of the Year award on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 3.

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