Cliftonville striker David McDaid hopes to celebrate his August Player of the Month award by pocketing three points in Saturday’s Danske Premiership game against Warrenpoint Town at Milltown.
McDaid has made a fantastic start to his romance with Tommy Breslin’s team, helping the champions to maintain their unbeaten start to the Danske Premier League campaign. He has also chipped in with vital goals and his performances have indicated he is the perfect foil for ace predatory Joe Gormley.
It’s no surprise that McDaid was the number one choice of the Northern Ireland Football Writers for the player of the month gong.
“I am delighted to have made such a good start with Cliftonville,” beamed McDaid. “It is a huge task trying to replace Liam Boyce but I am enjoying my football at Solitude and with a great bunch of lads. And, I’m thrilled with my first personal award.
“It’s been a crazy month for me but it has been very enjoyable. I can honestly say this is the most I have enjoyed my football in a long time. When you are winning games on a regular basis that is always easier.
“I’m really excited about the season ahead because we are confident we can challenge for the title and other honours. I think Tommy (Breslin) wanted to sign me because of my link-up play as well as being able to score a few goals.
“I’ve been delighted with the amount of goals I’ve scored since moving to Cliftonville, as well as the goals I’ve been able to set up for Joe Gormley. As long as the team keeps winning or remains unbeaten it really doesn’t matter who scores the goals.
“Setting one up on my debut and scoring in my second game was a massive boost, though. The boys have made me feel so welcome and the togetherness in the squad is different to anything I’ve ever experienced.”
McDaid is now hoping to keep the momentum going when his team visit Warrenpoint Town.
“It will be another battle.” he added. “But we are oozing with confidence, even though we didn’t take full points from the game against Linfield in midweek.
“There is a different mentality throughout the squad, everyone is a winner and wants to win.
“When I look back at the Linfield game, I think other sides I played in may have lost 1-0 after being on top and missing a few chances but we dug deep.
“As good as it is for Joe and I to score goals, I think there are goals all over the pitch and I think Johnny Flynn will score quite a few goals from the back this season.
“Drawing 0-0 with Linfield isn’t a terrible score but I don’t think there will be many times this season when we don’t score in a game.”
o The NI Football Writers’ Championship Player of the Month for August is Richard Gibson of Bangor who has made an instant impression for the Seasiders after his move from Carrick Rangers.
Gibson scored on his debut and helped Bangor to an unbeaten month, which included victory in the Steel & Sons Cup.
The NI Writers’ first Goal of the Month of the season was scored by Stephen O’Flynn, his first in Institute’s game against Dungannon Swifts on the opening day.