Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell has been named as the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for August.
After Pat Hoban won the award for July, Dundalk have become the first club since Sligo Rovers last year (Mark Quigley in August, Jason McGuinness in September) to win back-to-back awards.
"It's great to win the award and it's nice to get recognition for all of the hard work that I've been putting in on and off the pitch. Individual awards are great, but it is the team awards that you really want and that is what we are focusing on now with the league and the FAI Cup.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international has so far proven to be one of the signings of the season since Stephen Kenny snapped him up from Amateur outfit Bluebell United.
August was a memorable month for Towell who scored in Dundalk’s 5-3 FAI Cup third round victory over Limerick, and played a part too in a Kurtis Byrne brace in the same game.
After that Towell tucked away a second half goal to give Dundalk a 2-0 win over UCD at the Belfield Bowl, as the Louth outfit moved top of the standings.
"When I decided to join Dundalk, I said to myself that I would just put my head down and give it everything that I had. I've really applied myself in the gym and by doing extra sessions and I feel that it has paid off because I'm playing well on a consistent basis now.”
Ahead of a potential title decider at Richmond Park, against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night Towell is well aware of the significance of the occasion.
"The team is flying with confidence due to our recent run and everyone is chipping in with goals - I even got two in the FAI Cup game against Shelbourne last week. When everyone is pitching in, you know that things are going great.
"The game with St Pat's will have a big bearing on who ends up winning the league, but I wouldn't call it a title decider because there are still another five tough games to go after that. We know that this is going to be a difficult stretch, but we're ready for it and full of confidence.”