Saints' midfielder Dave Mulcahy has been named as the Airtricity SWAI Player of the Month for July.
Having played 11 seasons in the league, Mulcahy is enjoying his football now more than ever. Summer football and fulltime football, he believes are the best things to have happened the league:
“grounds are better, pitches are better and the game overall has improved”.
While Mulcahy is enjoying a great season in his second spell with St Pat's, he admits that Friday's loss to Bray was a big setback.
“We missed out on three points but we can't have any complaints, Bray were the better team from the start.
"I played with them last season and knew the potential the potential that's there”.
The focus now for Dave and for the Saints is the Friday night visit of Sligo to Richmond Park which he feels will be a huge test.
“Sligo Rovers are the form team and I think they're playing the best football in the league at the moment”.
While Mulcahy is hoping for a good performance to get his teams' challenge back on track, all attention in his native county of Kilkenny is focused on next month's All-Ireland final in Croke Park.
With Tommy Walsh as his first cousin and both his grandfathers having played for the Cat's, Mulcahy admits that “hurling is in my blood, like everyone I grew up playing hurling. Brian Cody was one of my teachers in school and I played on the half back line with my local club James Stephens but when the football side started to take off I opted for that”.
The 32 year old midfielder achieved his own unique five in a row in recent weeks when he scored five goals in 4 consecutive games. He scored two against Dundalk, one each against Sporting Fingal and Bohemians with the final goal scored at the historic first game in the Aviva Stadium against Manchester United.
Dave Mulcahy and St Patrick's Athletic FC will face Sligo Rovers in the Airtricity league on Friday 20th August with a 7.45pm kick off at Richmond Park.