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Player of the Month Awards - Irish FA JD National Academy Residential

Player of the Month awards at the Irish FA JD National Academy Residential are a way of recognising and rewarding an individual player's progression, attitude and application in their football development.

Here's a look at the participants who have caught the eye of the coaching team.


Being Player of the Month is an important reward in the development pathway of a young player and recognises the player who showed the best attitude all-round in balancing all aspects of Academy life including Football, School and Education during this period

Olivier Doglia, Senior Player Development Expert, UEFA

November 2023 - Matthew Burns


October 2023 - Ceadach O'Neill


September 2023 - Darragh McCann

April 2023 - Josh Gracey


March 2023 - Callum Burnside

February 2023 - Leon Barr


January 2023 - Conor McVeigh

December 2022 - Dara McAuley


November 2022 - Braiden Graham

October 2022 - Troy Savage


September 2022 - Noah McDonnell

June 2022 - Ryan Donnelly

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Age: 15

School: Hazelwood Integrated College 

From: Keady, County Armagh,

Position: Centre midfield

Club: Dungannon Swifts  

What’s your sporting highlight? Playing for Northern Ireland U19s against Malta. 

Who Is your sporting hero? Steven Gerrard because I love the way he strikes the ball.

Best team you have ever played against: Benfica they just passed the ball around with one or two touches.

Best goal you have ever scored: vs Cliftonville, I received the ball off the CB and linked up 4 times throughout the pitch. I then hit it from 40 yards and it went into the top corner.