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Monday 21 April 2014

Towell makes it a double for Dundalk

RICHIE TOWELL made it two in a row for Dundalk last week when he was named Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for August.

The 22-year-old former Celtic midfielder finished just ahead of St Patrick's Athletic's Conan Byrne and Danny Morrissey (Cork City) and follows hot on the heels of teammate Patrick Hoban who won the accolade for July.

You have to go back to the 1990/91 season to find the last time the Lilywhites had more than one winner in the same campaign, with Peter Hanrahan and Tom McNulty receiving the honours then.

Reacting to the news, Towell said: '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.

'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.'

August was a memorable month for Towell who scored in Dundalk's 5-3 FAI Cup third-round victory over Limerick and played a part in a Kurtis Byrne brace in the same game. After that Towell tucked away a second-half goal to give Dundalk a 2-0 win over UCD at the Belfield Bowl, as the Louth outfit moved top of the standings.

Due to his fine form of late, Towell, who debuted for Celtic against Inverness in November 2010, has been linked with a return to Britain, but for now the Dubliner is focused on all things Dundalk and the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has been arguably the most astute signing made by Stephen Kenny.

The manager can be credited with rejuvenating Towell's soccer career, having snapped him up from amateur outfit Bluebell United at the turn of the year.

Towell said: '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.

'I've really applied myself in the gym 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 - I even got two in the FAI Cup game against Shelbourne last week. When everyone is pitching in, you know that things are going great.

'The game with St Pat's will have a big bearing on who ends up winning the league, but I wouldn't call it a title decider because there are still another five tough games to go after that.

'We know that this is going to be a difficult stretch, but we're ready for it and full of confidence.'

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