INSTITUTE: Doherty picks up NIFWA player of the month award

NIFWA Chairman Stephen Watson presents Coleraine goalkeeper Michael Doherty with the Belleck Player of the Month Award  for October. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
NIFWA Chairman Stephen Watson presents Coleraine goalkeeper Michael Doherty with the Belleck Player of the Month Award for October. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Ex-Institute goalkeeper Michael Doherty picked up his first individual award when he was named the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Player of the Month for October.

The Coleraine net-minder received the award after conceding only three goals in six games and helping his side through an unbeaten month, but he praised his defenders.

“I’ve put in a lot of hard work and had some extra coaching, but the boys in front of me are playing well,” said Doherty who was the start in the Bannsiders’ penalty shoot-out victory over H&W Welders in the League Cup.

And he admitted it wasn’t all down to luck. “I had inside info on the Welders penalty takers from their game against Glenavon so, fortunately I went the right way (and saved three kicks).”

The Limavady man received his Belleek award from NIFWA chairman Stephen Watson.