McEleney Named SWAI POTM
Dundalk midfielder Patrick McEleney has been named SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for October/November.
The Derry native had a superb few weeks in October as we clinched the league title and he carried that form into the FAI Cup Final as we defeated Cork City 2-1 at the AVIVA Stadium with McEleney scoring the winner. It sealed a double for us and ended the season in style.
Speaking after picking up the award for the second time, the 26 year-old reflected on the goal and is naturally delighted to win the gong.
It was brilliantThe thing you’re dreaming about before the final is scoring the winner and just trying to contribute as much as you can to the team. So it was a magic end to the season.
“It’s always nice to get wee awards and to get recognised, although I think it was more to do with the goal than anything else! I’m well happy to win it though.”
McEleney also had a word of praise for Stephen Kenny as he departs as manager.
“It was a sad day,” he adds. “Stephen’s exit was being reported but you just didn’t know what was going to happen. Speaking on behalf of the boys, we’re delighted for him as he deserves a chance at the international job.”
McEleney saw off competition from second-placed Sean Gannon (Dundalk) and Conor McCarthy (Cork City) in third to join Dundalk team-mates Michael Duffy (2), Patrick Hoban, Sean Hoare and Chris Shields in claiming Player of the Month this season.