Andy Boyle

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Andy Boyle
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Dundalk
Number 4
Youth career
2006–2008 Crumlin United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 U.C.D.
2010–2012 Shelbourne
2012- Dundalk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:42, 05 August 2016 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:42, 05 August 2016 (UTC)

Andy Boyle (born 7 March 1991) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Dundalk in the League of Ireland Premier Division.[1]

Early career[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Boyle progressed through the youth ranks at Crumlin United before moving into the League of Ireland with U.C.D. in 2008. He was part of their A Championship-winning side and his performances earned him a spot with the senior side in 2009. He made his debut in the First Division later that year, the day before his 18th birthday, starting in a 2-1 win at home to Limerick.

Professional career[edit | hide | edit source]

Club[edit | hide | edit source]

Boyle was a major player in U.C.D's First Division triumph and he made the transition from first to Premier Division in 2010 making 25 appearances helping UCD finish a respectable seventh-placed.

At the beginning of the following season, Boyle moved to First Division side Shelbourne, making 29 appearances as the Tolka Park club sealed automatic promotion back to the Premier Division after a five-season absence, although a 94th-minute goal from Graham Cummins for Cork City denied them the title on the last day, with Boyle playing the full match. Eight days later, he played the entire FAI Cup final against Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium.

In Shelbourne's first season back up, Boyle made 22 appearances helping the Drumcondra club to an eighth-place finish but he departed to join Dundalk six weeks after the campaign concluded. He arrived at Oriel Park with over 130 senior appearances behind him.

Boyle made his competitive debut for Dundalk when playing the entire 120 minutes of the 2-0 win away to Sheriff YC in the Leinster Senior Cup on 20 February 2012. He made his league debut in the opening-day draw at home to Shamrock Rovers on 8 March.

Boyle was a crucial figure in Stephen Kenny’s plans missing just one league game in the 2013 season, as the club finished second in the Premier Division, three points behind champions St Patrick’s Athletic. He was selected in the 2013 PFAI’s Premier Division Team of the Year and won the Dundalk FC Player’s Player of the Year award.

On 16 Oct 2013, Andy signed a fresh one-year deal to keep him at Oriel Park for the 2014 season. With an injury to Stephen O’Donnell, Boyle spent the majority of the 2014 season in the role of captain as the club claimed the league and league cup double. After signing a two-year deal in October 2014, again in 2015 he proved to be a pivotal figure in the side which retained the league title and added the FAI Cup in November. He was again rewarded for this by being named in the 2015 PFAI's Premier Division Team of the Year.[2]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

  1. Soccerbase Player Profile|http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=55146
  2. 2015 Premier Division Team of the Year, sponsored by EA SPORTS|http://www.pfai.ie/premier-division-team-year

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