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Friday 30 January 2015

Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 Player of the Month - March

James Cully
James Cully (left) - Ards
The Ards centre-back hasn't always been first choice this season, but the big man who stepped up from playing with Portavogie Rangers has taken full advantage of injuries to Darren Nixon and Gary Spence to establish himself as a regular in Niall Currie's starting line-up. Cully performed capably for Ards in a 2-0 win over Larne, as well as in draws against Newry City and Warrenpoint Town, results which helped Ards climb up to third in the table.
Paul Dickson (right) - Harland & Wolff Welders
Former Ards midfielder Paul Dickson was snapped up by Harland & Wolff Welders when he returned from a two year stay in Australia and New Zealand, where he played competitive football for the Stirling Lions. Dickson has been a massive boost to The Welders, who recorded a string of good results in March to take them away from the relegation zone. The box-to-box midfielder weighed in with goals against Warrenpoint Town, Limavady United and Ballinamallard United.
Stephen Hutchinson (left) - Newry City
Newry City have had a strange month, between losing out on the league to Ballinamallard, getting a reprieve in the Irish Cup and booking their place in the Intermediate Cup final, but the one thing that has remained constant, has been the performances of defender Stephen Hutchinson. Hutchinson played well in a number of crucial matches for Newry in March, including the Mid-Ulster Cup final success against Glenavon. He has played a key role in Newry keeping four clean sheets in the month.
David Kee (right) - Ballinamallard United
Ballinamallard United have had the most extra-ordinary month. The village side from Fermanagh beat Banbridge Town, Limavady United, Loughgall, The Welders and Bangor in March, on their way towards securing the Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 title. Forward Andy Crawford, attacking midfielder Jason McCartney, winger Chris Curran and even goalkeeper James McGrath may have got the majority of the plaudits in recent months, but holding midfielder David Kee is considered to be the best of the bunch by many at the club. Kee could be a star in next season's Premiership.
Matt McGraw (centre) - Glebe Rangers
Colourful character Matt McGraw may have had a few set-backs in his career but the Glebe Rangers number one has reminded everyone of just how talented a goalkeeper he is, in recent weeks. Glebe are currently battling to avoid the drop to Championship 2 and his performances have helped the Ballymoney side close the gap on Larne. In March he kept clean sheets against Institute, Bangor and Loughgall as the side from the Riada Stadium picked up five crucial points.

As the season approaches its climax, Belfast Telegraph Championship games come in thick and fast. In March the players had to play at least five tough league games and we've selected the top five players from those fixtures, for our March Player of the Month poll.

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Voting has now closed. The winner will be announced in the Belfast Telegraph's Park pullout on Monday 16 April.

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