Coughlan Wins SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month for April
Waterford FC’s Ronan Coughlan has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month for April.
Striker Coughlan had a sensational month in which he hit 11 goals as Waterford ramped up their First Division title tilt and return to action this Friday night.
His 11-goal haul included four first half goals as the Blues beat Athlone Town 4-3 at the RSC and a hat-trick three days later in a 4-1 victory away to Treaty United.
Coughlan’s career-best goalscoring spell also included a match-winning brace against Bray Wanderers and key strikes against Kerry and Cobh Ramblers as Keith Long’s team completed a perfect April.
The win is Coughlan’s first Player of the Month accolade. He had previously been nominated twice, in September 2020 while with Sligo Rovers and again in April 2021, shortly after joining St Pat’s.
He is Waterford’s second winner of the Player of the Month prize in just six months, after former Blues attacker Phoenix Patterson landed the award last September. Coughlan finished first in the vote of SWI members in a very tight poll, finishing just ahead of Sligo Rovers’ Max Mata, who leads the Premier Division scoring charts, in second. Shamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne came in third.
Speaking after receiving his award, Coughlan said: “It’s great. I was nominated in the past when I was playing in the Premier, Division, I think I was runner-up. That was the closest I ever got.
“I probably wouldn’t have thought I’d have won it playing in the First Division but I’m delighted to have won it. It was a great month for myself.
He added: “We had five games in the month and I scored 11 goals. I don’t think I ever dreamed of something like that to be honest. We won all five games so it was a great month for myself but also for the team.”