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Galway United hitman picks up Player of the Month after a free-scoring August

Ronan Murray notched three goals in the Premier Division and three more in the FAI Cup.

Murray with his award.
Murray with his award.
Image: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

IF GALWAY UNITED are to beat the drop this season, you can bet that Ronan Murray will have played a major role in keeping them up.

The former Ipswich Town and Notts County striker has scored 10 league goals this term for the Tribesmen, who languish in 11th position in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

This afternoon, 26-year-old Murray, who is a native of Belmullet in County Mayo, was named SSE Airtricity League/SWAI Player of the Month for August thanks to three goals in the league — including two against relegation rivals Finn Harps.

He was also bagged a hat-trick against Killester United in the FAI Cup and beats off competition from runner-up Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers) and Michael Duffy (Dundalk) to pick up the award.

“I’m over the moon to win it,” Murray said. “The five other lads that were nominated all had a phenomenal month too. Any one of them could have won it.

“It was disappointing to go out of the cup because we were on a good run. We just didn’t show what we are capable of against Limerick and they were the better team on the night. They deserved to go through.”

He added: “We’ve had belief from day one. We have the players to stay up, we just need to put a run together quickly.

It would be a massive achievement if we could stay up because we’ve been down the bottom more or less all season.

“But it only matters who is down there when the season is over. We’re hopeful we can do it and we’re just going to take one game at a time. We have two home games coming up and we’ll be aiming to get four to six points out of them.”

Source: SSE Airtricity/YouTube

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