Richie Towell named SSE Airtricity Player of the Month for April

Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for April.

It is the third time that Towell has won the monthly award which was presented to him today by Leanne Sheill from SSE Airtricity.

The 23-year-old midfielder was a key factor in the Lilywhites' fantastic run over April that has seen them go four points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

Towell racked up seven goals in five games and insists he is really enjoying his football at the moment having decided to stay with Dundalk after being linked with a move to the UK in pre-season.

"We had a lot of tough games during the month so I'm delighted," said Towell.

"It makes it more enjoyable when you're winning and all the lads are in great form at the minute.

"It was an easy decision to stay with Dundalk. It was the only team I was going to play with if I was staying in Ireland. I'm delighted and I think it shows.

"I'm going out on the pitch full of confidence and the manager has a lot of confidence in me too and I like to think I've been repaying him with my performances."

Towell is chuffed with Dundalk's unbeaten start to the season as they look to retain their title and he wants to win every competition they play in this year.

"We're unbeaten so far this season which is a great thing because we have had some tough games,” he explained.

"We have a lot of tough games coming up too but that's what you train for. I prefer playing matches to training, you can showcase your skills more. I'm pretty sure we'll do well in all competitions this year."

Towell reckons this Dundalk side is even better than the squad that guided them to the league title last year.

"We've a bigger and better squad than last year, definitely," Towell added.

"The competition for places this year is phenomenal. When you look at the lads like Stephen O'Donnell, he's our captain and he hasn't been getting into the side.

"I'm sure it's tough for the lads not playing at the moment but I hope they can take their chance when they get it."

In winning the award, Towell saw off competition from Shamrock Rovers striker Mikey Drennan who finished second. Bohemians goalkeeper Dean Delany was third.