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In-form Bohemians striker appears on Channel 4 show 'Countdown'
It’s been a memorable day for Dinny Corcoran, who was named Player of the Month earlier.

Updated at 15.02

BOHEMIANS STRIKER DINNY Corcoran has made a surprise appearance on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show, Countdown, hours after winning the SSE Airtricity League/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for February, having helped his side to an impressive start this season.

Addressed as ‘Daniel,’ the player could not repeat his on-pitch heroics in the TV studio, losing out to his opponent by a score of 97-50.

Presenter Nick Hewer asked Corcoran about his footballing experience, quizzing him on why Irish football has adopted summer football, with the perplexed Bohs star unsure of the answer.

While his Countdown skills could do with plenty of improvement, the same could not be said of the Dubliner’s on-field performances. Corcoran netted three times during the opening weeks of the campaign, including the winner in the Dublin derby victory over Shamrock Rovers, as Bohs secured three wins and two draws from their first five Premier Division outings.

Dinny Corcoran celebrates scoring the first goal from a penalty Ryan Byrne / INPHO Corcoran netted the winner in the Dublin derby last month. Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

The 30-year-old, who has been a consistently prolific goalscorer for Keith Long’s side over the last two seasons, claimed the monthly prize ahead of team-mate James Talbot, who finished runner-up, and Ciaron Harkin of Derry City in third. 

“It’s great to win the award,” Corcoran said. “Personal achievements are always good, but more importantly we’ve had a great start to the season as a team and hopefully we can push on and get more points on the board now.

“I’m feeling good and I had the perfect start to the season personally with the three goals. We also kept three clean sheets in those games, which is nice.”

Bohs, who sit second and just two points off early pacesetters Rovers after five rounds of action, travel to Turner’s Cross to face Cork City on Friday night.

“We lost three or four big players last season, but I think Keith must be used to it at this stage as it has been happening regularly over the last few years due to other teams having more money,” Corcoran added.

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SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for February Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE The Bohs striker receives his award from Leanne Sheill of SSE Airtricity. Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE / SPORTSFILE

“We’ve improved the squad well with a number of young lads coming home from England who are eager to prove themselves in this league. So far, so good.”

Originally published at 13.32

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