Joe Gormley goals earn November player of the month award

Joe Gormley
Joe Gormley celebrates his hat-trick against Ballymena with Cliftonville supporters

Joe Gormley's goalscoring exploits during November have been recognised with the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Player of the Month award.

The Cliftonville striker found the net on an incredible 11 occasions last month, including hat-tricks against Warrenpoint Town and Ballymena United.

Gormley, nicknamed 'The Goal' also scored both goals in his side's League Cup quarter-final win over Portadown.

The Reds forward had once previously collected the award, in August 2013.

His prolific scoring during November helped Tommy Breslin's side to the summit of the Premiership table, although they dropped back to third following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Coleraine.

Gormley's treble against the Sky Blues on 29 November took his career tally for the Solitude club to 101 goals.

He improved that further by netting the winning goal in extra-time in Cliftonville's County Antrim Shield semi-final success over Ards on 2 December.

The ex-Crumlin Star player accumulated 36 goals last season and has 21 goals to his name during the present campaign.

He lies sixth in the Reds' all-time scoring charts.