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Cork City unsung hero scoops Player of the Month for April after their stunning start

Louth native Conor McCormack has been immense in defensive midfield for the Premier Division leaders.

McCormack holds up his trophy.
McCormack holds up his trophy.
Image: Piaras Ó Mídheach/SPORTSFILE

CONOR MCCORMACK HAS been named SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for April.

The 26-year-old was outstanding for the Premier Division leaders as John Caulfield’s men continued their perfect start to the 2017 campaign.

During April, McCormack picked up man-of-the-match on three occasions in the defensive midfield role as the Leesiders won all five matches — claiming three clean sheets along the way.

The former Manchester United youth player, who has also enjoyed spells with Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic and Derry City, has become an integral part of the Cork team since joining last November.

He beat off competition from Bray Wanderers’ top scorer Gary McCabe, who was second, and his third-placed Garry Buckley — a team-mate at Cork.

“I’m absolutely delighted, over the moon to win it,” McCormack said. “I have to say a big thanks to my team-mates though. They have made me play better. Any one of them could have won it. There are a lot of players playing at the top of their game right now. I was delighted just to get nominated.

It’s nice to win it because it means people aren’t just appreciating us as a free-scoring side but also appreciating the hard defensive work we’re putting in too.”

Cork are 14 points clear at the top of the table but McCormack insists they aren’t getting ahead of themselves.

“It’s far from over,” he added. “We’re not going to worry about any other team, we’re not bothered by anyone else.

“I’m pleased with how we’ve started, it’s been great. We’re playing well and we don’t stop playing until the final whistle.”

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