Derby hero Corcoran picks up February prize

on March 11 | by

Dinny Corcoran has been named SSE Airtricity League/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for February.

The Bohemians striker led the line superbly in the opening weeks of the season with three goals in as many games — including the winner in the Dublin derby against rivals Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park.

That fine form was a major factor in Keith Long’s side climbing to the top of the Premier Division table against the odds.

“It’s great to win the award,” the 30-year-old 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.”

The Gypsies had to deal with several first-team departures over the winter, but Long has managed to unearth some young talent once again.

“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,” adds Corcoran.

“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.”

Corcoran claimed the prize ahead of team-mate James Talbot, who finished runner-up, and Ciaron Harkin of Derry City in third.

« »