Cian Leonard and Kieran Sadlier scoop Player of the Month gongs

Sun, Sep 10 2017

Sadlier has impressed since swapping Sligo for Cork Credit: Michael P Ryan

The August Player of the Month awards for Premier and First Divisions have gone to Cork City's Kieran Sadlier and Cian Leonard of Cobh Ramblers.


Sadlier has been rewarded for his fine form since making the move midseason from Sligo Rovers, while 18-year-old Leonard has had an outstanding impact during his first month of senior football.


He made the switch from the youth set-up at Cork City to St Colman's Park at the end of July and was immediately thrust into first-team action in the 2-0 win over Wexford.



He scored in his two subsequent matches, including the winner away to Shelbourne, as Cobh ended the month with a 100% league record to maintain an outside chance of ousting leaders Waterford.


Leonard narrowly beat Wexford midfielder Thomas Croke in the most feverishly-contested contest yet with more than 1,100 votes cast.


There was just 3% in it at the end as Leonard pipped Croke by 46-43%, while Longford Town pair Davy O'Sullivan and Karl Chambers picked up 7% and 4% respectively.



It was slightly more clear-cut in the Premier Division as Sadlier took 41% of the vote, ahead of Galway United's Ronan Murray on 24%.


Dundalk midfielder Robbie Benson picked up 19% of the vote, just ahead of Shamrock Rovers defender Dave Webster with 16%.