St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Chris Forrester has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for April 2014.
It is the second time that Forrester has won the monthly award – ironically also in the month of April two years ago – and Graham Hughes from SSE Airtrcity presented him with his prize.
After scoring five goals in the last month, including a stunning long-range strike against Drogheda United that became a YouTube hit, Forrester topped the voting amongst the SWAI members.
“I’m happy to win it. It was a good month for me, obviously topped off with probably the best goal I’ve ever scored,” admitted Forrester.
“Not only do I deserve it, but I think many of my team-mates do as well. There were several candidates in the team. I’m happy that their hard work paid off for me.
“I think I won it the last time in April as well, two years ago. So I think April is a good month for me. I think it must be all the Easter eggs around that period.”
Forrester becomes just the fourth St Pat’s player to have won the prestigious award more than once – joining an exclusive list of club legends such as Trevor Molloy, Damien Byrne, and Mark Ennis.
While his overall performances have been superb of late, it is the goals that have made the 21-year-old the talk of the SSE Airtricity League and it’s something that he has experience with.
When he first burst through with St Pat’s, Forrester made waves around the world with a pair of stunning goals against Shamrock Rovers. Now, he has bettered them with his finish in the win over Drogheda.
“Many people have been asking me if I feel it was better than the Rovers goals. For me, it was 10 times better, though it hasn’t reached the same amount of views on YouTube yet,” he laughed.
“The Rovers goal was a one-on-one situation and I had a bit of time to think about what I was going to do. This one (against Drogheda) was more instinctive; it was a good call.
“I’m happy as long as I’m scoring goals and creating chances.”
In winning the award, Forrester beat out Cork City winger Billy Dennehy and Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell, who finished in second and third place respectively in the voting.
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