St Patrick’s Athletic striker Anto Flood has been named as the Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for September.
Flood pipped Dundalk's Peter Cherrie and Sligo Rovers' Gavin Peers in the voting to win the award for the first time in his career.
He is the second Pat's player to win the award this season following Killian Brennan in May.
It has been a memorable year for Flood, in this his second spell at Richmond Park, who won his first major trophy as a player with the Saints ten days ago when they claimed the league title.
September was an especially memorable month as his side were unbeaten in four massive top tier games, and the run saw the Inchicore outfit drop just two points from the 12 on offer.
At the start of the month Flood was a used substitute in a solid draw away to Limerick at Thomond Park and a win at Derry City, before the spoils went the Saints way after the showdown with Dundalk.
“Looking back, we probably were a little hard on ourselves in the aftermath of the Limerick game, because yes we wanted the win and got a draw”, said Flood.
“Around that time, the teams in and around us were really putting it up to us, but we kept our cool and just focused on our own results.”
After that Flood lined out for 90 minutes at Oriel Park as Pat’s moved three points clear at the summit with five games to play, thanks to a 2-0 win.
The striker finished the month in scoring form, his first half strike was the catalyst in a 3-1 win at Bray Wanderers as a six-point gap opened up at the top of the table.
“We’ve a few celebrations in the pipeline for sure, there’ll definitely be an end of season function for the club and the fans which will be great.
“There is talk of a night out in Cork too, but really we are focused on finishing with as many points as possible, have no doubt.
“Personally, I went into the weekend just gone with ten goals to my name, and some way off the target I had of 15 at the start of the season. I want to get as many goals as possible.
“This award is really for the whole squad, and the fans, both of whom have been brilliant to me. The aim now is to get as many points and goals as possible before the season end.”