Robbie Benson awarded FAI International Schools’ accolade

Athlone native Robbie Benson was this year’s recipient of the FAI’s U18 International Schools Player of the Year award at the 3/FAI International Soccer Awards held at the RTE studios tonight, Sunday:

Benson attended Marist College, Athlone and played his club football for Athlone Town FC while he was capped for the Republic of Ireland Schools team in 08/09 and 09/10:

Benson’s performance in the 2009/10 season saw him capture the prestigious award with some solid performances in the green shirt:

Robbie Benson v England Schools

Robbie was a prominent player for the schools outfit as he netted the only goal of the game as the Republic of Ireland Schools' side beat England 1/0 in Burton Albion to secure the 2010 Centenary Shield title:

He was also ever present in the squad during the Republic of Ireland Schools' 5 - 2 victory over Scotland in Ballybofey earlier in the season:

Benson is enjoying his football at UCD now having secured a soccer scholarship:

Congratulations is also extended to the other nominees, Brian Nolan (St: Paul’s Secondary School, Waterford) and schools captain Tomas Boyle (Salesian College, Celbridge)


The previous winners of the FAI Schools International Player of the Year accolade are listed below:

1989/90 Barry Patton  
1990/91 Shaun Elebert  
1991/92 Declan Boyle  
1992/93 Anthony Scully  
1993/94 Karl Lafferty  
1994/95 Colin Hawkins  
1995/96 Darragh Sheridan  
1996/97 Ronnie O'Brien  
1997/98 Kevin Doherty  
1998/99 Conor O'Grady  
1999/00 Alan Murphy  
2000/01 Ashley White St: Macartan’s College, Monaghan
2001/02 Vincent Tyrell  
2002/03 No awards  
2003/04 Darren Quigley St: Laurence College, Dublin
2004/05 Gary Deegan Chanel College, Dublin
2005/06 Conor Powell Portmarnock Community School
2006/07 Pat Mullins Limerick CBS
2007/08 John Mulroy Moyle Park College, Clondalkin
2008/09 Shane Howard Colaiste Eoin, Hacketstown
2009/10 Robbie Benson Marist College, Athlone