Owen Heary has been named as the Eircom/Soccer Writers' Association Player of the Month for August.

The Shelbourne player beat off strong competition from Drogheda United striker Declan O'Brien and Waterford United hot-shot Daryl Murphy to claim the award after an impressive month.

During the month, Heary was an inspirational captain as Shelbourne reached the third round of the Champions League before eventually bowing out to La Coruna.

He also helped Shelbourne return to the top of the eircom Premier Division.

Filed by Ciaran Cronin