Belfast Telegraph

Sharp shooter O'Flynn firing for bigger gongs

By Keith Bailie

Institute striker Stephen O'Flynn has made an instant impact on the Belfast Telegraph Championship. Not only has his goals helped fired Stute to the top of the table, but he has also been named as Player of the Month.

The BT Sports Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association picked O'Flynn has their Player of the Month for February, after he scored nine goals in five games since signing in the January transfer window.

O'Flynn's most important goal came at the tail end of last month when he scored the winner for Stute in a top of the table clash at Clandeboye Park in Bangor.

He said: “It's fantastic to win this award and I'd like to thank both the Writers and their sponsors for picking me. Obviously I've scored a few goals, but it has been a team effort and all the lads have helped me settle in. I think there is more to come from us.”

O'Flynn is no stranger to hitting the back of the net. The County Cork man has played for Limerick, Cork City, Derry City, Northampton Town and St. Patrick's Athletic. The 31-year-old arrived in Drumahoe after taking a year out of the game.

He explained: "Having played in the League of Ireland and across the water, I wasn't sure what kind of standard to expect in the Championship but I've found it to be a very tough, competitive league, with a lot of clubs in the running for the title.

“Teams like Bangor and Carrick are very competitive and the next couple of months should be very exciting for everyone involved. I've really enjoyed my time at Institute so far and I'm hoping I can score a few more goals for them.

"I've been pleased with my start and hopefully I can keep scoring the goals that will get us promoted."‎

Institute are in a four way title race with Bangor, Carrick Rangers and Dundela. Unlike Bangor and Dundela, Stute can claim promotion to the Premiership if they win the title.

Manager Paul Kee hopes O'Flynn can be the difference, but unfortunately for him the Derry resident is currently injured.

“He's been playing with confidence and he's scored goals for us. He's one of the reasons we are on this good run of form.

“He scored another fantastic opportunist goal at Bangor – he nipped in, got it off the keeper, and finished it well. Hopefully he will be back soon.”

Institute host Dundela next Saturday, in the Belfast Telegraph Championship's game of the weekend.

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