Georgie Kelly of Bohemians has been named SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month for the second time this season.

Four goals in September – including a stunning late equaliser against Derry City – means the striker is out on his own as the Premier Division’s top scorer with 18 so far.

Kelly earned more votes than runner-up Sean Boyd of Finn Harps and Dundalk centre forward Patrick Hoban, who was third.

The 24-year-old was also the recipient of June’s award and this is the fourth consecutive month that it has been won by a Bohemians player.

“To pick up the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland award for the second time is unexpected,” Kelly said. “It’s four in a row now for Bohs, which is an incredible achievement.

“The goal against Derry is definitely one of my best. I probably won’t score many more of them.

“I should have headed it to be honest, but for some reason I took it down and hit it over the shoulder. It was a nice finish and a great game, so that was a good advert for the league.”

After some memorable moments in the Europa Conference League this year, Bohs are aiming to qualify for the competition once again.

Keith Long’s side play Dundalk at Dalymount Park this Friday night, before the derby with Shamrock Rovers and an FAI Cup semi-final tie against Waterford next week.

“The team is focused on getting into Europe,” Kelly adds. “We’ve eight league games left so the emphasis will be on performance and picking up results – starting with Dundalk on Friday.”

 

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