Vinny Faherty named SSE Airtricity Player of the Month for August

Limerick striker Vinny Faherty has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for August.

This is the first time that Faherty has won the monthly accolade, which was presented to him today by Leanne Sheill from SSE Airtricity.

The 28-year-old played a key role for Limerick throughout August. 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 now just two points behind Sligo Rovers.

“It’s great to get the award. It’s my first time winning it but it’s a lot down to the team and their performance," explained 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 biggest achievements of his career.

“It would be absolutely massive,” he added. “We did something similar at Galway in 2008 when we just avoided the drop on the last day of the season. I think it helps to have experienced that. 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 runner-up and Wexford Youths striker, Danny Furlong, who came third.