Quigley Named Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month
Dundalk FC striker Mark Quigley has been named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for March, to add to his DFC Player of the Month and MNS Goal of the Month awards. He is the first Lilywhites player to receive the accolade since Philip Hughes in October 2006.
The Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month Award was presented to the Dundalk star by Jason Cooke, Head of Communications with Airtricity, on Thursday afternoon at the Clarion Hotel, where Mark put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the club on 4 December last. Mark is the first Airtricity League player to receive this prestigious award this season, and this is his second Player of the Month title having also collected the accolade in 2008.
Two months to the day since Quigley made his club debut at Dundalk and scored a brace against Linfield in the Setanta Sports Cup, the striker has been feted. In the following round in Belfast Quigley netted the winner in the first leg against Glentoran. In the return at Oriel it was the lively Quigley who set up Ross Gaynor for the crucial strike on another memorable night. It was his first goal for the club in front of their fanatical fans, on 11 March, which really stood out. On that occasion Quigley scored a 35-yard free-kick against Galway United. He ended the month of March with a brace of goals in his native city of Dublin, at Saint Patrick’s Athletic.
“What can I say about Mark, he certainly deserves this accolade because to score eight goals in 11 games is phenomenal,” enthused Dundalk boss Ian Foster. “I am delighted for the lad. Obviously he’s playing off Jason Byrne and is doing brilliantly for us every week.
“For me it was the goal against St. Pat’s which really stood out as his work ethic was incredible; he contributes an awful lot. I think the manner in which he and we scored that goal against St. Pat’s answered a lot of Mark’s critics, because some people had questioned his work ethic. Also, Mark missed a bit of pre-season through injury and I was concerned, but he has worked hard this season.
“He is the sort of guy who fans of any team want to watch on a regular basis, and the supporters of Dundalk certainly enjoy his performances,” concluded Foster.
For his part, Quigley is taking it all in his stride. “I had a decent start to the season alright, and it’s great to get this bit of recognition because the last time I won the award was back in 2008 when I was a St. Pat’s player,” said Quigley. “It’s great to have started the season scoring goals because I was some two weeks behind my teammates during pre-season training due to a four-day hospital stay,” added the forward.