Dundalk striker Mark Quigley has been named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for March.
The Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month Award was presented to the Dundalk star by Jason Cooke, Head of Communications with Airtricity, in Dublin.
Mark is the first Airtricity League player of the season to receive this prestigious award, and this is his second Player of the Month title having also collected the accolade in 2008.
Two months to the day since Quigley made his club debut at Dundalk and scored a brace against Linfield the striker has been feted.
In the following round played in Belfast, Quigley netted the winner against Glentoran as Dundalk won in the Setanta Sports Cup. The lively Quigley was again to the fore in the return leg at Oriel, setting up Ross Gaynor for the crucial strike on another memorable night.
It was his first goal for the club in front of their fanatical fans, on March 11, which really stood out. On that occasion Quigley scored from 30 yards out against Galway United. He ended the month of March with a brace of goals in his native city of Dublin, at St Patrick's Athletic.
"What can I say about Mark, he certainly deserves this accolade because to score eight goals in 11 games is phenomenal," enthused Dundalk boss Ian Foster. "I am delighted for the lad; obviously he's playing off Jason Byrne and is doing brilliantly for us every week.
"For me it was the goal against St Pat's which really stood out as his work ethic was incredible, he contributes an awful lot. I think the manner in which he and we scored that goal against St Pat's answered a lot of Mark's critics, because some people had questioned his work ethic. Also, Mark missed a bit of pre-season through injury and I was concerned, but he has worked hard this season.
"He is the sort of guy who fans of any team want to watch on a regular basis, and the supporters of Dundalk certainly enjoy his performances," concluded Foster.
For his part Quigley is taking it all in his stride.
He said: "I had a decent start to the season alright, and it's great to get this bit of recognition because the last time I won the award was back in 2008 when I was a St Pat's player.
"It's great to have started the season scoring goals because I was some two weeks behind my teammates during pre-season training due to a four day hospital stay."
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