Mark Quigley has been named the eircom/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland player of the month for August.
The St Patrick's Athletic player, who is winning the award for the first time, is honoured after a fine month where he starred in the UEFA Cup success over Elfsborg of Sweden.
Quigley was man of the match in the first leg in Sweden, converting from the penalty spot to instigate a comeback in a 2-2 draw for the Dubliners.
And he put the gloss on their aggregate success when adding the winner on the night in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 victory at Richmond Park. Quigley was also on the scoresheet in the Ford FAI Cup win over Wexford Youths.
"It's my first time winning this and obviously I'm delighted to get it," says Quigley.
"It's always good to get personal awards like that, but it also shows that the team has been doing well too. Obviously it was a good month for us and it was the European thing that really gave us the opportunity to shine."
"It was a great experience to pit your wits against good players and ones that you haven't played against before. They were good opposition, second in their league and hadn't been conceding many goals. To score two goals away from home was fantastic and then two more at Richmond to finish it off was better."
Now, Quigley is looking forward to the reward for that win when the Saints take on Hertha Berlin in the first leg of the UEFA Cup proper in Germany tomorrow night.
"Berlin is something to really look forward to. They'll have a team full of internationals and names and faces we'll know but we'll just have to go out there and try and surprise them. You never know what can happen in football."
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