Towell lands SWAI award for August

19 September 2013; Richie Towell, Dundalk FC, who was presented with the Airtricity / SWAI Player of the Month Award for August 2013. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Just one month after Patrick Hoban picked up the award for July, Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell has been named the Airtricity Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for August.

Just one month after Patrick Hoban picked up the award for July, Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell has been named the Airtricity Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for August.

Towell’s award means that Dundalk have become the first club since Sligo Rovers last year - Mark Quigley in August, Jason McGuinness in September - to win back-to-back awards.

The 22-year-old becomes the 21st different Dundalk player to win the prestigious SWAI monthly gong. It is also the sixth time that the Lilywhites have had two or more players selected as Player of the Month in the same season.

Previous winners include: 1990/91: Peter Hanrahan and Tom McNulty; 1987/88: Terry Eviston and Dessie Gorman; 1981-82: Barry Kehoe and Tommy McConville; 1979-80: Dermot Keely and Richie Blackmore; 1978-79: Dermot Keely, Paddy Dunning and Sean Byrne.

“It’s great to win the award and it’s nice to get recognition for all of the hard work that I’ve been putting in on and off the pitch”, said Towell.

“Individual awards are great, but it is the team awards that you really want and that is what we are focusing on now with the league and the FAI Cup.

“For the club, it’s great because Pat Hoban won the award last month and he has been on fire of late. You don’t really like to single one person out, but it is nice to be appreciated for your effort, even though it comes as part of being in a team that is doing well.

“When I decided to join Dundalk, I said to myself that I would just put my head down and give it everything that I had”, he added.

“I’ve really applied myself in the gym and by doing extra sessions and I feel that it has paid off because I’m playing well on a consistent basis now.

“The team is flying with confidence due to our recent run and everyone is chipping in with goals When everyone is pitching in, you know that things are going great.”