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15 Sep 2022
Ruth Gorman, Matthew Shevlin and Gerry Flynn

Coleraine striker Matthew Shevlin has been named Dream Spanish Homes Player of the Month for August.

The 23-year-old scored six goals in the first month of the season, finding the net against Portadown, Carrick Rangers and Glenavon.

Shevlin said: “I’m delighted with my start to the season, but more importantly the team has also made a good start. I think you can attribute it to our good pre-season. Oran Kearney ran us hard and I think that hard work has paid off.

“We’re right up there but other teams have also impressed. It’s a very competitive league where everyone can win on their day. We were confident going into the Glenavon game and ended up on the end of a heavy defeat, which proved how difficult this league is.

“I’d like to thank the Football Writers’ and their new sponsors Dream Spanish Homes for this award.”

Dream Spanish Homes is a property company run by ex-Coleraine and Cliftonville left-back Gerry Flynn that specialises in finding the ideal homes for those looking to relocate to Spain.

Gerry said: “We’re delighted to be the new sponsors of this prestigious award.

“I’m pleased that the first award went to a player from one of my old clubs. Matthew is a smashing young footballer with a real eye for goal.”

NIFWA Chair Ruth Gorman said: “We’re thrilled to have Dream Spanish Homes on board for the new season. The company has been a long-time supporter of our association, and with Gerry’s history in Irish League football, it’s a great match.”

Glentoran’s Aidan Wilson was runner-up while Crusaders star Paul Heatley was third.