After playing a key role for the revitalised Limerick throughout August, striker Vinny Faherty has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month.

The Galway native bagged five goals as the Blues went five games unbeaten, winning four and drawing one.

Their superb run of form has given them a chance of avoiding the drop after a disastrous start which saw them fail to win any of their first 17 league games.

Martin Russell’s side still remain bottom of the table but are just two points off Sligo who are two points ahead of them.

“It’s great to get the award, it’s my first time to get it but it’s a lot down to do with the team and their performance," said Faherty.

“The fact that we are six games unbeaten has a lot to do with it also. We have scored 20 goals in our last six games so it has been quite a turnaround.

"I can’t really put my finger on why or what exactly happened but it’s been terrific.”

Faherty escaped relegation with Galway United on the last day of the 2008 season and reckons that experience can help him this time around. He also believes staying up with Limerick would be one of the best achievements of his career.

“It would be absolutely massive,” he added.

“We did something similar at Galway, we did the great escape in 2008 when we just avoided the drop on the last day of the season.

“I think anyone with experience of it, it helps. Especially if you’re in a tight game and you know what to do to get over the line.”

In winning the award, Faherty saw off competition from Bray Wanderers goalkeeper Peter Cherrie who was second. Wexford Youths striker Danny Furlong was third.