Cork City striker Mark O’Sullivan has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for June.
The 31-year-old has been a revelation for the Leesiders this season after signing from Avondale United and has continued his fine form throughout June.
O’Sullivan bagged three league goals in June and one in the FAI Cup as City drew level on points with Dundalk at the top of the table.
O’Sullivan’s medal haul includes four Munster Senior League titles and three Intermediate Cups. He was also capped for Ireland at amateur level.
"We’re flying. There is a great buzz around the place and we want to keep it going"
O'Sullivan is in his second spell with the club having had a brief stint with the Rebels in 2010.
“I’m surprised but delighted to receive the award,” he said.
“I’m a bit of a late-comer so when I signed at the beginning of the season I never thought I’d be in this position.
“I worked with John Caulfield before and I owe him a lot. He gave me a chance and he stuck by me.
“I got a bit lucky as some of our strikers have been unavailable but at the same time I took my chance when it came. It was tough coming in from Avondale but I feel I have done well.”
O’Sullivan reckons the mood in the Cork camp could not be any better as they go in search of the league title.
“We’re flying. There is a great buzz around the place and we want to keep it going,” he added.
O’Sullivan was rewarded for his fine form by recently signing a new deal which will keep him at Turner’s Cross until the end of the 2015 season.
The striker fended off competition from Dundalk’s Chris Shields, who finished a close second, and Conan Byrne of St Pat’s who was third, to scoop the award.