Cork City's Delaney and Cobh's Hunt scoop Player of the Month awards for May

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Delaney has been a contributor at both ends of the pitch. Credit: Steve Alfred


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The people have spoken and it's a County Cork double as Ryan Delaney of Cork City and Paul Hunt of Cobh Ramblers have scooped the Player of the Month awards for May.


On-loan Burton Albion defender Delaney has been a towering (literally, at 6'5) figure since arriving at Turner's Cross at the beginning of the season and was the clear choice for the Premier Division award.


The 21-year-old picked up almost half of the total vote, his tally of 49% putting him comfortably ahead of Dinny Corcoran (19%), Trevor Clarke (18%) and Aaron McEneff (14%).


The former Wexford Youths defender has formed part of the league's meanest defence but has also started chipping in at the other end.


His brace against Shamrock Rovers helped turn a game that briefly looked like it might become City's first defeat of the season, while City remain near-impenetrable at the back.


Delaney's loan deal runs out on June 30th and the defender is open to making a permanent switch to Leeside, telling reporters that “Nigel [Clough] and John [Caulfield] have been in talks.”



Ramblers keeper Paul Hunt fought off fierce competition to scoop 37% of the First Division vote, beating Waterford's Derek Daly (25%), Cobh teammate Matty Whelan (24%) and Georgie Kelly of UCD (14%).


The English-born keeper has been immense between the sticks for the Rams since making the switch from Longford Town at the beginning of last season.


Ramblers fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Athlone Town at the beginning of the month but three consecutive clean sheets have kept them within a point of moneyed Waterford at the top of the table.