Ireland U19 Player of the YearRoyals defender Pierce Sweeney picked up the Under-19 Player of the Year trophy at the Republic of Ireland’s international awards on Sunday evening.
Pierce beat off competition from Manchester United's Sam Bryne, and Royals under-21s team mate Shane Griffin at the annual ceremony in Dublin, and was presented with the trophy by former Royal Shane Long.
It's an excellent feat for the 19-year-old, who has been on the substitute's bench for the Royals first team for our New Year's Day league clash at home to Nottingham Forest and our FA Cup third round tie at Brighton.
This follows the news of Sweeney's call up for the Republic of Ireland under-21s for the first time, ahead of their UEFA Championships qualifier with Montenegro.
The centre back, who signed from Bray Wanderers in July 2012, has featured numerous times for the Emerald Isle's U19s as well regularly playing for our under-21s side which has reached the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup.
The Irish host the Group Six clash on Wednesday 5th March with both sides level on eight points, though Montenegro have a game in hand. The sides are competing to clinch second-spot as the ten group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the play-offs to determine the seven sides that join hosts the Czech Republic in the finals in June 2015.