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'Not many keepers receive these awards so I must have done something right'

Cork City’s FAI Cup final hero Mark McNulty has been named Player of the Month for November.

McNulty with his trophy.
McNulty with his trophy.
Image: SSE Airtricity

MARK MC NULTY has won SSE Airtricity League/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for November.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper proved Cork City’s penalty shootout hero in their FAI Cup final victory over Dundalk – keeping out Michael Duffy’s spot-kick at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month.

McNulty, who signed a new two-year deal with the double-winners last week, beat off competition from team-mate Conor McCormack and Dundalk pair Duffy and Gary Rogers to claim the final POTM of 2017.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” McNulty said. “It’s an unbelievable way to end the season. You win the league, you win the FAI Cup and then to top it off you win the Player of the Month, which is obviously brilliant.

“At the start of the season you set out an aim and that’s to win as many trophies as you can as a group and a team. Obviously we set out our objectives at the start of the season to win trophies, which we did.

Individual trophies come after the team but every player likes to win individual honours. I’m absolutely delighted, it’s a huge honour to receive it. Not many keepers receive these awards so I must have done something right.

“There are a lot of top keepers in the league and it’s usually the top outfield players – the guys banging in the goals – who get these awards.

“As a goalkeeper, and on behalf of all goalkeepers, it’s a hard thing to get. That’s why I’m absolutely delighted to get it. I know it’s a tough award to win, especially as a goalkeeper, so I take huge pride in this.”

Source: SSE Airtricity/YouTube

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