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Friday 22 August 2014

Dundalk trio up for SWAI awards

Published 18/12/2013 | 05:20

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Richie Towell, right, Dundalk FC, nominated for the Premier Division and Young player of the year awards with Stephen Kenny, Dundalk FC manager. Photo: David Maher

DUNDALK FC are in line for more honours at the forthcoming Airtricity/SWAI Annual Banquet after Stephen Kenny, Richie Towell and Peter Cherrie were nominated for awards.

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Kenny and Towell go head to head for the Personality of the Year accolade along with St Patrick's players Killian Brennan and Anthony Flood, Pats manager Liam Buckley and Athlone Town boss Roddy Collins.

And Cherrie is one of three nominees - the others being Brendan Clarke (St Patrick's) and Gary Rogers (Sligo Rovers) for Goal-keeper of the Year.

The annual Soccer Writers Association of Ireland bash takes place in Dublin's Conrad Hotel on January 10th.

At last month's PFAI dinner, Kenny was named Manager of the Year, while Towell and Patrick Hoban were both nominated for the Player and Young Player of the Year awards, Towell scooping the 'Young' gong.

Meanwhile, Dundalk were yesterday handed an away tie against League champions St Patrick's Athletic in the fourth round of next season's Leinster Senior Cup. The game, due to take place in mid-February, will be a useful warm-up for the Setanta Sports Cup which kicks off on the 24th.

Dundalk have been handed a great chance to advance to the latter stages of that competition, after being paired with Coleraine in last week's quarter-final draw.

The Bannsiders won back-to-back all-Ireland trophies when lifting the old Blaxnit Cup in 1969 and 1970 but have been starved of success in more recent years and currently lie 10th in the Danske Bank Premiership table.

That makes them the weakest side in the competition on paper, and despite Dundalk being in pre-season when they host the first leg on Monday February 24th - the return game is two weeks later on March 10th - the Lilywhites will be favourites to go through to the semi-finals.

The semis - also over two legs - are pencilled in for March 24th/25th and April 14th/15th, with a date for the decider yet to be finalised.

Meanwhile, there was still no official confirmation by Tuesday afternoon that Daryl Horgan had completed his move to Oriel Park from Cork City, with a compensation package seemingly not yet agreed between the clubs.

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