September Player of the Month - Mens

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September Player of the Month - Phoenix Patterson

Waterford's Phoenix Patterson has been named SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month for September.

The forward was voted the standout player across the SSE Airtricity Premier & First Divisions last month as he notched three goals and an assist to help the Blues into the semi-finals of the FAI Cup and the First Division's promotion playoffs. His strikes included a stunning effort to knock Dundalk out of the cup and two superb free kicks in league wins over Bray Wanderers and Cobh Ramblers. 

Phoenix Patterson of Waterford FC is the SSE Airtricity SWI Player of the Month for September i

Patterson's 16-league goals this season currently has him tied for the First Division's top goalscorer, while he has added a further two to his name in the cup competition. He receives the award, as voted for by SWI members, ahead of Derry City duo Cameron Dummigan and Michael Duffy, who finished second and third respectively.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Watford youngster, who turned 22 last month, becomes the first Waterford player to claim the Player of the Month award in 18 years - since Daryl Murphy in September 2004. Despite having only arrived in the League of Ireland in July 2021, this month saw Patterson nominated for the prize for the second time.  I'm really happy to win it," he said. "It's been a good month for us. We picked up quite a few wins and I'm just happy that my performances were able to help the team get the wins, in the cup and also in the league.  

"I set high standards for myself. Coming into this season, I always wanted to get a lot of numbers. I had a taste of the Premier Division last season so coming into this season, I thought if I trained well and took it into the games, I'd be able to get numbers. "But to get this amount, I'm really happy. Hopefully I can continue this and help the team achieve what we want to achieve come the end of the season. Patterson is gearing up for this Sunday's FAI Cup semi-final against Shelbourne at the RSC, where Waterford hope to go one further than last season when they reached the last four.

"Performances recently, the team and myself, gives us confidence going into the game," he said. "We know it's going to be a tough game against a team from the Premier Division but as we've seen in the cup - we've played St Pats and Dundalk - we're more than capable of winning the game and that's what we'll try to do."