Cork City forward Ciaran Kilduff has been named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for October.
Kilduff starred and scored for his club domestically while on loan from Shamrock Rovers, with the highlight undoubtedly coming at Turner's Cross where he bagged four goals in one game to make him a firm fan favourite on Leeside.
St Patrick’s Athletic Ian Bermingham came second and UCD's Robbie Benson was third in the penultimate monthly SWAI prize of 2013.
Five goals in three games in October saw Kilcock man Kilduff produce the kind of regular form that he has showed in flashes this term.
“The Shels game was clearly a special, special night for me. To score four goals in a game is something I won’t forget, but really it’s down to the hard work of the players around me.
“With each passing game at Cork I could feel myself getting stronger and stronger, and I am grateful for the chance to play as I have done.
“It was overall a great month, yes there was a bit of blemish against Dundalk when we were beaten and well, but it was a harsh margin of defeat on us that day.”
Since joining on loan from Shamrock Rovers, the powerful frontman has played well on occasion.
He finished the season on a high after linking up well with Danny Morrissey following Stuart Ashton’s influence as interim boss.
“I had two hat-tricks before, but never got four and I was told after the game no Cork City player had previously scored four goals in the one league game, so it’s an honour for sure.
“I have won this prize before, but as a First Division player and winning the prize has really capped a great month for me with Cork City.”
Kilduff initially joined Shamrock Rovers as teenager before he made his debut at the Brandywell in 2007, the following year was spent on loan at Kildare County.
A memorable two seasons at UCD followed, before he returned to Shamrock Rovers where he was used mainly as a substitute during Michael O'Neill’s historic championship winning 2011 campaign.
“I suppose I have a few things to sort out now, I do have a year left of my contract with Shamrock Rovers so we’ll have to see how things go in the next little while.”