Cork City's 'Kante' has been named player of the month

Cork City's 'Kante' has been named player of the month
Conor McCormack of Cork City FC with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Noel Spillane

Soccer

CORK CITY midfielder Conor McCormack has won the SWAI ‘Player of the Month’ award for April after a nation-wide poll among the soccer writers.

The new recruit has excelled this season in a holding role in front a watertight defence, earning him comparisons to Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.

The former Derry City and Shamrock Rovers player topped the poll ahead of two of his team-mates Karl Sheppard and Garry Buckley.

“I am delighted for him and it’s great recognition for the football club as well," John Caulfield said.

"Conor is a worthy winner because he has been great for us over the last few months and he follows in Seanie Maguire’s footsteps as a monthly winner.

“I think people can see the value he brings to our team and when we signed him people didn’t understand or know who he was but they know now. 

Conor McCormack of Cork City in action against Sam Verdon. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Conor McCormack of Cork City in action against Sam Verdon. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

"He’s not a flamboyant type of player and he’s not the guy that grabs the headlines. 

"He does the job to perfection, he does the dirty work on behalf of the team and he’s been outstanding for us all season,” said City boss John Caulfield.

“He is a special player and he’s so versatile it’s a bonus for us. 

"He is a genuine Cork City type of player and we all congratulate him on his award,” he added.

Conor McCormack takes on Ciaran O'Connor of Finn Harps. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Conor McCormack takes on Ciaran O'Connor of Finn Harps. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Meanwhile, the date for the Munster Senior Cup final has been confirmed by the Munster FA.

Cork City will play Wilton United in the final, which will take place at Turner’s Cross on Monday night, June 12.

The game will kick-off at 7.30pm and admission prices will be confirmed by the Munster FA in due course.

Elsewhere, Hull's Irish defender Brian Lenihan has signed a new one-year deal with the club.

The Tigers have the option of a further year on the 22-year-old right-back, who has been dogged by injury since joining from Cork City in 2014.

Former U19 and U21 international was called into the Ireland senior squad during Euro 2016 qualifying, less than two months after joining Hull, but has not yet earned a senior cap.

Lenihan signed a three-year deal when he arrived at Hull, but has been restricted to one first-team appearance due to a series of recurring injuries and had knee surgery last summer.

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