LIMERICK FC striker Rory Gaffney has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for August. It is the first time that Gaffney has won the monthly award which was presented to him on Thursday afternoon in Thomond Park.
Gaffney was in superb form in August as he bagged five goals, including a hat-trick against Bray Wanderers which was his first in senior football. The striker has now netted 10 league goals this season and he admits things could not be going better.
“Personally for me it is great to win this award and it is a real honour. As a team we played three and lost three so that could have been better but we are playing well.
“The hat-trick against Bray was my first in senior football. I remember Ian Turner passed the ball to me in the 90th minute when he could have shot so I think I owe him one! He left me with an open goal.”
Gaffney put his terrific form down to the help he is getting from the players around him. He also stated that Limerick manager Martin Russell, who was appointed in July, has been a huge plus for the team.
“Martin has brought in some terrific players and that has helped. We now have some attacking players that I think we might have been missing before.
“That’s not to say the players that we had before were bad players, but at the moment I think we have really clicked as a group and that is helping me to get more goals.”
Gaffney is hoping to keep his goalscoring run going as the season enters its final stages, saying: “We’ve been playing better as a team lately and hopefully we can keep that going. At the start we weren’t playing well but the new players helped. Hopefully I can kick on now and get some more goals before the season is over. That would be great.”
Gaffney was chosen ahead of Dundalk’s David McMillan and Bohemians striker Dinny Corcoran for the monthly award.