McNulty caps glittering season with football writers’ accolade

2015-16 Football Writers' Awards (l-r) Tricia Clague, Ciaran McNulty, Joey Morling, Christian Cellemare, Chris Bass Sr and Stuart Kneen

2015-16 Football Writers' Awards (l-r) Tricia Clague, Ciaran McNulty, Joey Morling, Christian Cellemare, Chris Bass Sr and Stuart Kneen

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Ciaran McNulty has been named the Football Writers’ Player of the Year for the second time.

The St George’s striker has been in red-hot form once again this season netting 42 goals as Geordies clinched their sixth Canada Life Premier League title in a row.

McNulty, who also landed the accolade at the end of the 2011-12 season, picked up the Gordon Clague memorial trophy on Tuesday evening at Geordies’ clubhouse.

The former Gymns striker will pick up the Golden Boot at Friday’s Isle of Man FA presentations, his 42-goal haul this season taking his tally in the Premier League era to 272.

It was a triple celebration for the Glencrutchery Club with winger Joey Morling and manager Chris Bass Sr also picking up prizes.

Morling was named the Football Writers Young Player of the Year after an impressive debut campaign for the league champions that saw him bag 10 goals and two young player of the month awards along the way.

It is the second time Morling has landed the crown in three seasons, having won it when at previous club Union Mills in 2013-14.

Bass Sr received his sixth successive Football Writers’ Manager of the Year title after another trophy-laden season saw his side pick up the league, Railway and Hospital Cup titles.

His charges bagged a record 163 goals in 24 league matches last term at an average of nearly seven goals a game. Bass Sr was quick to pay tribute to coaches Lee Dixon and Paul O’Brien as well as his playing squad when picking up the award from player ratings panel member Colin Magee.

Stuart Kneen was named the writers’ Referee of the Year.

The former Rushen midfielder had a fine season with the whistle impressing in the 10 top-flight matches he’s reffed this campaign.

The Golden Glove, which was awarded by Alf Rigby to the leading goalkeeper in the seasonal player ratings panel, went to Union Mills keeper Christian Cellamare.

The former Braddan and Corinthians man is the second of the island’s custodians to pick up the prize after DHSOB’s Sam Holliday landed the inaugural award last campaign.

l The Isle of Man FA awards take place on Friday evening. Full report and photos in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

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