The Dublin Sharp Shooter has been rewarded the accolade of Eirgrid U20 Footballer Of The Year for his championship performances

Footballer Of The Year
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Tom Gray’s Dublin U20 Football Panel fell at the last hurdle losing to Cork in this year’s Eirgrid U20 Final. But deservedly, Dublin’s star full forward Ciaran Archer was today named the 2019 Eirgrid U20 Football Player Of The Year.

The St. Maurs 18 year old shot the lights out for Dublin during this year’s provincial and All Ireland competition. Archer scored an incredible 9 goals and 35 points across his sides five Championship games. And he finished every game as Top Scorer so it’s truly fitting that the award goes to him.

Archer’s astounding scoring record by game

Against Longford in their Leinster Quarter Final, Dublin chalked up a massive 4-21 to 0-07 win over Longford. Archer was responsible for 2-08 of that scoreline (1-00 pen, 3f). Another big winning margin was to come again against Wexford in the Semi Final. The forward tallying 1-08 of Dublin’s 1-17. And he finished the Leinster competition with an emphatic 3-08, as Dublin would beat Laois by 4-18 to 0-17 to capture the provincial title.

The All Ireland beckoned and there was nothing to stop Archer and tougher challenges lay ahead. They got passed Galway in the Semi Finals by 2-14 to 1-10. Ciaran again hit 2-06 to help his side reach the final. And despite losing to Cork in the championship final the full forward was again on the mark for another 1-05 of Dublin’s 1-14.

Tom Gray missed out on the Manager Of The Year Award as Cork’s Keith Rickens picked up the accolade.

Valerie Hedin, External Communications Manager at EirGrid commented:

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Ciaran and Keith for being named EirGrid U20 Player and Manager of the Year.”

“The aim of the U20 Player and Manager of the Year awards is to acknowledge those outstanding performances and achievements throughout the season.”

“Ciaran’s incredible scoring record speaks for itself while Keith’s inspirational leadership qualities have led Cork to its first EirGrid All-Ireland title in 10 years. Both are deserving recipients.”