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'It's only the beginning': Former League of Ireland striker rewarded for superb form in America

Eamon Zayed has been voted as the NASL’s Player of the Month for June.

FORMER LEAGUE OF IRELAND striker Eamon Zayed is really enjoying himself in the North American Soccer League.

The 32-year-old, who won a league title with Drogheda and also enjoyed successful stints with Bray Wanderers and Derry City, signed for Indy Eleven last December – joining up with captain Colin Falvey.

With the Corkman anchoring the defence and Zayed popping up with some crucial goals, Indy claimed the Spring Season Championship earlier this month.

The NASL campaign is split in two and Indy’s triumph confirms their place in the play-offs, which take place in November, regardless of how they fare in the longer Fall Season that kicks off next month.

In the decisive fixture, Indy needed to beat Carolina Railhawks by three clear goals. Zayed grabbed a hat-trick, including the crucial fourth in the 85th-minute.

Having already walked away with two Player of the Week awards earlier in the season, Zayed has now claimed the NASL Player of the Month award for June.

The league’s current top-scorer promised more is to come from him and his team.

“Individual honors are extremely rewarding, so I’m delighted, but this Player of the Month award is a reflection of the hard work and teamwork put in by all the players and staff,” he said.

“This was Indy Eleven’s month, but it’s only the beginning. The real challenge starts now if we want to bring home the NASL Championship.”

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