Piltown’s Karen wins U-19 International Player Award

 

Karen Duggan, who won the Women’s Under 19 International Player of the Year award, pictured with her brother John at the Eircom / FAI Awards in Citywest Hotel on Sunday last.

Karen Duggan, who won the Women’s Under 19 International Player of the Year award, pictured with her brother John at the Eircom / FAI Awards in Citywest Hotel on Sunday last.

Karen Duggan from Piltown was named the FAI Women’s Under 19 International Player of the Year for 2008 at the Eircom / F.A.I. International Soccer Awards function in Citywest Hotel on Sunday last.

This is a huge award for Karen who was also on the shortlist of three nominees for the Under 17 award last year. She has been on the women’s international squad for the last three years, and having steadily progressed through the ranks of international football with the Under 17s she was called into the Under 19 team last year despite being underage for another two years.

Karen, who has the ability to operate as an effective holding midfield player, has always been involved in sport and played camogie up to minor level for Kilkenny. “She has been pucking a sliotar and kicking a ball since she was very young, usually with her brother John,” vouches her uncle Ger Duggan.

She played for her primary school, Piltown NS, in the schools’ 5-a-side competition from the time she was in 3rd class, helping them to qualify for Munster finals and a National final. She has continued to play in secondary school, Greenhills in Carrick-On-Suir, in FAI Schools’ competitions.

Her father and mother, Pat and Bernie, have travelled the length and breadth of the country with Karen to various training sessions, matches and tournaments. What their daughter has achieved in her sporting career has made it all so worthwhile. Her award on Sunday last is the icing on the cake.

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