NIFWA Chairman Keith Bailie and Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly.

NIFWA PREMIERSHIP PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly has been named Premiership Player of the Month by NIFWA.

Donnelly, who collected the Belleek trophy at Windsor Park, said, "October has been a fantastic month for me as I've been playing regularly and scoring goals.

"It's a great honour to win this award, but it wouldn't have been possible without the help of my team mates and the manager (Barry Gray)."

In the month of October, Rory helped Cliftonville to wins over PSNI, Warrenpoint Town, Glentoran and Dungannon Swifts. The former Swansea City man scored six goals, including a hat-trick against Dungannon.

NIFWA Chairman Keith Bailie said, "Rory has been in superb form in recent weeks and he is a very worthy winner of the Belleek trophy. It's great for the game to have young players of Rory's ability plying their trade in the Irish League. I've no doubt there is more to come from Rory, this season."

On Saturday, the Reds face Carrick Rangers at Solitude. Donnelly said, "Carrick made life difficult for us at Taylor's Avenue a while back so I'm expecting a tough game, but after losing to Crusaders in the County Antrim Shield, we're determined to put in a good performance at Solitude for our fans."

Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes was runner-up, while Paul Heatly of Crusaders was third.

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