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UCD's Ronan Finn wins 2009 PFAI Player of the Year Award

The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (PFAI) and Ford announced the 2009 PFAI Player of the Year Award winners at the prestigious ceremony at the Burlington Hotel on Sunday, 15th November.

UCD's Ronan Finn was named  as the PFAI Ford  League of Ireland First Division Player of the Year  while  Shamrock Rovers star Gary Twigg was named Premier Division Player of the Year.  As part of the sponsorship Ford will provide both the Premier Division and First Division Players' of the Year with the exclusive use of a new Ford Focus for the following year.  Finn along with UCD team mates Brian Shortall and Evan McMillan were also named on the PFAI Ford First Division Team of the Year.  Recognition at these awards for the UCD players is a fitting end to the victorious season which saw the team secure the First Division title and the UCD Bowl named Ground of the Year.

UCD's Ronan Finn


Bohemians' Conor Powell picked up the Young Player of the Year award, while Robbie Keane received the Overseas Player of the Year award. Alan Kelly was recognised as the Referee of the Year, and Cork City's Gerry Harris received the Merit Award. 

LIST OF WINNERS:

PFAI FORD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers)

PFAI FORD FIRST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ronan Finn (UCD)

PFAI YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Conor Powell (Bohemian FC)

PFAI REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Alan Kelly

PFAI IRISH OVERSEAS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur)

PFAI MERIT AWARD
Gerry Harris (Cork City)

PFAI FORD PREMIER DIVISION TEAM OF THE YEAR
Brian Murphy (Bohemian FC)
Pat Sullivan (Shamrock Rovers)
Brian Shelley (Bohemian FC)
Ken Oman (Bohemian FC)
Conor Powell (Bohemian FC)
Chris Turner (Dundalk)
Gary Deegan (Bohemian FC)
Joseph Ndo (Bohemian FC)
Sean O'Connor (Shamrock Rovers)
Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers)
Raffaele Cretaro (Sligo Rovers)

PFAI FORD FIRST DIVISION TEAM OF THE YEAR
Dean Delaney (Shelbourne)
Kenny Browne (Waterford United)
Alan Carey (Waterford United)
Evan McMillan (UCD)
Brian Shortall (UCD)
Shaun Williams (Sporting Fingal)
Ronan Finn (UCD)
David McAllister (Shelbourne)
Conan Byrne (Sporting Fingal)
Graham Cummins (Waterford United)
Stephen O'Flynn (Limerick)