UPON winning the www.colerainefc.com Player of the Year award for the second time, Howard Beverland admitted that his success felt ‘a bit more special’ because of the excellent seasons enjoyed by so many of his team mates.
But despite stiff competition Beverland was again the overwhelming winner of the fans vote, picking up exactly half of the first choice votes cast and eventually winning by over 100 points from Stephen Lowry.
After Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Portadown, Beverland spoke to www.colerainefc.com about his season and his hopes of ending it on a high note.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me,” he said.” “It’s always nice to win awards and this year it’s probably a bit more special because there were a number of players who have been excellent all season and could have won it. From start to finish this season has been about real team performances, but it’s always nice to get personal recognition.
“Looking back on highlights from the season, I wish I could say the League Cup Final, but sadly that’s not the case, but the semi-final of that competition away to Cliftonville is something which I’ll always remember. A few decisions went against us and it would have been easy to think it just wasn’t going to be our day, but when the game went into extra time, the team dug deep and got the victory with the last minute goal.
“The game against Linfield at home was a real defenders game. We had to dig deep to get the clean sheet because they put us under a lot of pressure. It was a great victory, especially coming off the back of our disappointment in the cup final the previous Saturday. But the highlight of the season could be still to come.
“There’s no reason why we can’t go to Seaview on Saturday and take maximum points. Their season will now be geared towards the two cup finals coming up so they may be planning on resting a few players. But whether they do or whether they don’t, it doesn’t change what we have to do.
“It’s fantastic to be going into the final game with something to play for because in recent seasons, it’s just been a case of us getting through the games because we haven’t been in the mix for anything.”