Dundalk midfielder Ronan Finn has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for April.
It is the first time that Finn has won the monthly award which was presented to him today by Anne Sweeney from SSE Airtricity.
Finn netted five goals during the month of April as Stephen Kenny’s Lilywhites maintained their spot at the top of the table.
Finn, who has six league goals for the season in 11 appearances, insists the back-to-back champions are desperate to make it three in a row after a strong start.
“It’s my first time to win it so I’m delighted. A few of the lads in the squad have won one and I’ve had a couple of seconds so it’s nice to finally win one,” said Finn.
“April was a good month for us as a team, we picked up some good results and we have kept that good form going.
“We’ve been playing well. Standards are high and the hunger is still definitely there. Stephen made sure that never slipped.”
Dundalk have had to deal with injuries to strikers Ciarán Kilduff and brothers Ciarán and Michael O’Connor, leaving David McMillan as there only fit and recognised forward.
But Finn reckons players have stepped up the mark despite a depleted squad.
“David has been great. We’ve had players from all over the pitch chipping in with goals too.
“I wouldn’t say we’re down to the bare bones but we’re limited at the moment. We’re lucky we have a strong squad.”
In winning the award, Finn beat off competition from Galway United striker Vinny Faherty who finished second. Finn’s Dundalk team-mate Daryl Horgan was third.