On Sunday, Aoife McNicholl won Ireland’s Football For All Player of the Year at 25th ‘Three’ FAI International Football Awards Awards.
Laois native, McNicholl represented Ireland at the 2011 FIPFA World Cup in Paris, when she was only sixteen years old. After taking up the sport when she was only nine years old, she played for Midlands United on the club level where she won a few Association of Irish Powerchair Football finals. This past year, she played for Ireland at the EPFA Nations Cup in Limerick, Ireland, where she was named Ireland’s Player of the Match in the game against Belgium in a game that saw Ireland finish fourth overall. She also scored the first goal for Ireland in the competition’s opener against Switzerland.
She was nominated for the award alongside Homeless World Cup player Clayton Ivors and amputee football’s Kevan O’ Rourke.