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Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney Wins Player Of The Month Award

Wicklow , Ireland - 30 June 2017; Patrick McEleney of Dundalk celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Dundalk at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow. (Photo By Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Cork City have for the first time this term not had one of their players claim the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award, with Sean Maguire, Conor McCormack and Ryan Delaney receiving the accolade for March, April and May respectively.

The month of June belongs to Patrick McEleney of Dundalk after a number of impressive displays over the the last few weeks. He has been crucial to the Lilywhites’ winning streak as they have won their last five league matches. Their last defeat came at the hands of league leaders Cork City in Oriel Park at the start of June.

Since then, Stephen Kenny’s side have put a string of good performances together, which has seen them score 16 goals, concede none and win five out of five. Dundalk fans really can’t ask for much more than that. The gap between them and Cork City may not be getting any smaller after City’s 1-0 win over St. Pat’s at the weekend, but last year’s league champions are making sure that gap doesn’t grow any larger than it already is.

McEleney scored four goals during June but his game doesn’t just revolve around goals. His all round play and the influence he has on matches is another strength he possesses.

Speaking with the official SSE Airtricty League website, the Dundalk man talked about how the team are getting on and how the defeat to Cork left a bitter taste in their mouths.

“It’s always nice to get individual awards and it’s my first one, but the team are playing really well since the break and that’s the most important thing.

“I got four in four and then didn’t manage to score against Bohemians. The one against Drogheda, the chip, that kicked it all off for me. I think that would be my favourite goal that I scored. It kick-started a good run for me and gave me confidence.

“The defeat to Cork just before the break was tough to take. We had to go away, come back and put our heads down, which we have done. We’ve been playing really well since the break.”

Kenny’s side have the tough task of facing Rosenborg of Norway on Wednesday night in their Champions League second round qualifier and McEleney says the team are relishing the challenge.

“We’ve put a lot of work in behind the scenes like we always do and we’re really looking forward to the game now.”

The Dundalk star beat off significant competition in Sean Maguire of Cork City to claim the award. That in itself proves the top drawer performances he has put in over the past month.

Conor Daly, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.