17 June 2010
David McMillan has been selected as the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for May.
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The UCD striker enjoyed a prolific run of form which saw the Templeogue man score five times as the Students moved into a promising position in the standings.
McMillan struck during wins over frontrunners Dundalk and St Patrick’s Athletic, and bagged a brace in a convincing six-nil win over Bray Wanderers.
The 21-year-old also netted in the two-all draw against Galway United at Terryland Park.
David, who followed brother Evan into the first team at the Belfield Bowl, always felt UCD were likely to hold their own in the topflight.
“I suppose we wanted to keep on looking up and away from the bottom of the table, probably everyone but the players and management felt we’d find it difficult”, said McMillan.
“Thankfully that hasn’t been the case, and while it’s an honour to get this award it really could have gone to any one of my teammates.”
For David, who initially attended UCD games as a ballboy with his local club Templeogue United, the Students have always played attractive football.
“I think if you go back to Pete Mahon’s time at the club UCD were known as a footballing team, and that’s been evident right the way through to Martin Russell.”
In terms of influences David was quick to credit the contribution of soccer development officer Diarmuid McNally.
“It was Diarmuid who got things moving with the scholarship, and gave me the experience I initially needed with the UCD Leinster Senior League team.
“That certainly helped and in time it was terrific for me to follow my brother Evan into the first team”, concluded David.
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