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After lighting up the League of Ireland, Patrick McEleney named POTM

The 24-year-old has been a key part of some impressive Dundalk performances.

Patrick McEleney poses with the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for June.
Patrick McEleney poses with the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for June.
Image: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

DUNDALK MIDFIELDER PATRICK McEleney has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for June.

The 24-year-old has been in fine form of late, scoring four times in five games, with Dundalk winning all five matches since the mid-season break.

The Derry native, who Dundalk signed from the Candystripes in December 2015, has scored some spectacular goals of late, and cites the recent wonderstrike against Drogheda (see below) as his favourite.

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,” he said, after the news was announced.

“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.”

The Lilywhites face Rosenborg in the first leg of the Champions League second qualifying round at Oriel Park tomorrow night, with McEleney expected to be involved.

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,” he added.

McEleney overcame competition for the top prize from Cork’s Preston-bound striker Sean Maguire and Bohemians midfielder Keith Ward, who finished second and third respectively.

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