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Knockbreda forward Miguel Chines receives his BT Sport Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association's Player of the Month award from NIFWA chairman Paul Ferguson and Maria McMullan, Head of BT Consumer Services in Northern Ireland.

Knockbreda forward Miguel Chines receives his BT Sport Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association's Player of the Month award from NIFWA chairman Paul Ferguson and Maria McMullan, Head of BT Consumer Services in Northern Ireland.

Knockbreda forward Miguel Chines receives his BT Sport Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association's Player of the Month award from NIFWA chairman Paul Ferguson and Maria McMullan, Head of BT Consumer Services in Northern Ireland.

Knockbreda forward Miguel Chines is hoping his goalscoring form can lead the Castlereagh club to the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship.

In March the Portuguese born forward scored eight goals for Breda, hitting a hat-trick against Larne and a brace against both Dundela and Limavady United.

As a result, the former Linfield and Glenavon man won the BT Sport Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association's Player of the Month award.

Upon collecting the Belleek trophy Chines said: “This award is great for both me and the club, and I'd like to thank the Football Writers and their sponsors for the recognition.

“We've had a fantastic month at Knockbreda and it has allowed me to score a lot of goals, but I have to give credit to my team mates and manager Hugh Sinclair.”

Knockbreda were promoted last season after the won the Belfast Telegraph Championship Two title. That accolade came just four years after the club moved up from the ranks of the Amateur League. Now the Belfast club find themselves in a title race with the likes of Institute, Carrick Rangers and Bangor.

Chines believes Hugh Sinclair's men can compete with anyone in the division.

“We're on a good run of form at the moment and there is no reason why we can't push on and win the league. There are three or four other good teams who can still win the league but I think we're as good as anyone in the division.

“I don't think we've anything to be afraid of.”

It could be a great year for Miguel, as his beloved Benfica are well on their way to lifting the Sagres Liga in his native Portugal. The Eagles are currently seven points clear of Lisbon rivals Sporting with just four games remaining. They're also on the verge of the semi-finals of the Europa League after they beat AZ Alkmar 1-0 in Holland on Thursday night.

Back in Ulster, Knockbreda are in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Ballyskeagh to play Lisburn Distillery. The two sides drew 2-2 when they met back in August. Breda will need to go one better this week if they are to remain in the title race.

On Saturday Hugh Sinclair's men have a winnable game against struggling Coagh United at Breda Park, before they face Carrick Rangers in a league double header. They finish the season with games against Dergview and Ballyclare Comrades. 

Belfast Telegraph