Daryl Horgan named SSE Airtricity Player of the Month for May

Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for May.

This is the second time that Horgan has won the monthly award which was presented to him today by Mary McGlinchey from SSE Airtricity.

The 22-year-old winger had a terrific month in May as the Lilywhites won every single game and only conceded one goal along the way. Horgan also helped himself to five goals and believes he is in the form of his life, as defending champions Dundalk sit pretty at the top of the table.

"I'm delighted with the award. It just goes to show how well we are doing as a team," said Horgan. “We did really well in May and we only conceded one goal. It's been tough for us, because I think teams step it up a notch playing against the defending champions. I’m in the form of my life right now but it’s easier when you have so many good players around you.”

Horgan was also quick to praise Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny. “Stephen has been excellent with me. He has really helped with my development as a player,” he explained. “The way he has us playing really suits me too. We play attacking football and that's the way I like to play.”

Dundalk were handed a huge test when they were drawn against BATE Borisov of Belarus in the Champions League second qualifying round yesterday. The winger knows the odds are stacked against his side.

“It’s not the easiest of draws but if we can go over there and get something and bring them back to Oriel Park then we have a chance,” Horgan insisted. “We’re under no illusions - we know how tough it's going to be but anything can happen. They are a great side who have played in some big European games, but we've got a chance.”

In winning the award, Horgan fended off competition from Shamrock Rovers’ Brandon Miele, who finished second. Cork City winger Billy Dennehy was third.