Shaun Kelly has been named as the Canada Life Premier League Player of the Month for September.
The northern powerhouse has been in excellent form for Ayre United thus far in the 2021-22 season, helping the Tangerines maintain their place near the top of the table and spearheading a somewhat unlikely title charge.
During the month, Kelly scored no fewer than four goals against DHSOB, then followed that up by netting twice against Marown, having also starred in his side’s creditable draw at reigning Premier League champions Corinthians.
As such, Kelly impressed Eric Clague’s player ratings panel to the tune of seven points in September, which edged him ahead of Corinthians star Danny Gerrard.
The midfielder also enjoyed a good month in the heart of the Whites engine room, including scoring a hat-trick against Ramsey as well as netting once against Laxey.
Leading the way for the latter side during September was defender Dave Reynolds who garnered a healthy return of six points.
This is the same total as rising Douglas Royal star Hadyn Waddington who has had a fine start to the season which has been recognised with him being named as the Young Player of the Month.
Leading Player of the Month points scorers for September: Shaun Kelly (Ayre Utd) 7; Danny Gerrard (Corinthians) 6.5; David Reynolds (Laxey) 6; Haydn Waddington (D. Royal) 6; Charlie Higgins (Ramsey) 5.5; Callum Stewart (DHSOB) 5.5; Dominic Brennan (D. Royal) 5; Jamie Cadwallader (Rushen) 5; Karl Clark (St George’s) 5; Graham Kennish (RYCOB) 5; Scott Mason (Rushen) 5; Danny Oram (Ayre Utd) 5; Mason Prince (U. Mills) 5; Harry Walters (Laxey) 5.
Leading referee: Stuart Morris 79.3 average score from three matches.
l Picking up the women’s Player of the Month award for September was Castletown ace Alice Leadbetter-Terris, while Douglas Royal’s Beth Craig was named the Young Player of the Month.
All of the monthly winners picked up their award at the Bowl earlier this week when sporting their ’Show Racism the Red Card’ t-shirts.
Canada Life International and the Isle of Man Football Association are going red in support of the charity which, having been established in 1996, is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational organisation.
Canada Life recently held a worldwide seminar - part of its Black History Month activities - where the charity’s founder, former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, spoke about his experiences of racism in English football.
Colleagues from Canada Life watched the event online with staff from the IoMFA at the Bowl, which led to further discussion about equality and diversity within Manx football.
The IoMFA will be releasing findings from its equality, diversity and inclusion survey, which was conducted online earlier this year, in the next few weeks.