Dundalk striker Pat Hoban has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for October.
It is the second time that Hoban has won the monthly award which was presented to him today by Jillian Saunders from SSE Airtricity.
An injury to David McMillan left Hoban to shoulder the burden of leading the line for the Oriel Park outfit and he did so with a series of excellent performances in the title run-in.
Hoban scored a brace against Athlone Town and the equaliser against Bray Wanderers as Dundalk won the league title.
The striker admits the month could not have gone better but he did not anticipate winning the player of the month award.
“I didn’t really expect it,” said Hoban. “I got a call from Stephen Kenny who told me I won the award and I was absolutely delighted.
“It was a great month, a very important month for us to win the league and I’m glad I done well in it.
“The feeling is hard to describe but just to get over the line and win my first trophy and a lot of lads’ first trophy was just great.
“It was a great team effort. We set our sights out at the start of the year to win the league and to achieve that is brilliant.”
Hoban reckons the title showdown against Cork City at Oriel Park on the final day was the most intense game he has ever played in.
“Oh yeah, it was quite intense going out onto the pitch for the first time,” he added.
“Once it kicked off, I personally felt comfortable in the game and felt relaxed. I don’t know how the other lads felt.”
In winning the award, Hoban saw off competition from Dundalk team-mate Stephen O’Donnell who finished second. St Pat’s star Conan Byrne and Galway’s Ryan Manning were joint third.