Louise Quinn has been named as the 2019 ‘Three’ FAI Senior Women’s International Player of the Year.
The brand may have exited from its primary deal with the sport over the summer but this is one element that should have been included and which is now being set straight.
This is the second time that the Wicklow native has won the award – having previously lifted it in 2013 – after she was selected ahead of a shortlist which included fellow Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior internationals Katie McCabe and Denise O’Sullivan.
Quinn featured in every game for Ireland WNT in 2019, racking up 719 minutes and scoring one goal to bring her overall record to 11 goals in 79 senior caps.
Last week, it was announced that Quinn had swapped Arsenal for Fiorentina to begin the next stage of her club career. And that exciting new chapter aligns perfectly with how things have been going at international level.
“It’s just incredible. I’m really, really surprised to get that. I think we’ve had such an incredible year with such changes and the players coming up and stepping up to the plate, so to get the award is something truly special,” Quinn told FAI TV.
“Just to wear the (Ireland) jersey is something that I love to do every time that we get to step onto that pitch. I’m extremely proud of it. Then there is the likes of Katie (McCabe) and Denise (O’Sullivan), I’m their biggest fan so for them not to win is a travesty as well. But I’m thrilled, even though it’s always a team effort.”
Under the guidance of Vera Pauw, Ireland WNT remain unbeaten in qualifying for the UEFA Women’s European Championships with three games left to play – Germany away on September 19th, Ukraine away on October 23rd, and home to Germany on December 1st.
Quinn has been an ambassador for Three as part of their ongoing commitment to the 20×20 initiative.
The winner of the ‘Three’ International Goal of the Year has also been confirmed with Troy Parrott getting the nod for his exquisite chipped goal for the Ireland Under-21s away to Sweden.
Parrott actually had two goals – both scored in the same victory against Sweden – in the long-list of 15 goals, which included finishes from five different Ireland teams (male & female).
Dubliner Parrott edged out Conor Hourihane, for his free-kick against Georgia, and Lee O’Connor, for his brilliant goal for the Under-21s at home to Sweden, to claim the award.
Winners of the other categories will be announced later this week.