Hail to the hero!

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MONTROSE FC striker Martin Boyle had every reason to celebrate the end of season 2011/12 when he netted his first ever senior hat-trick in the 5-0 home demolition of Clyde on May 5.

The treble meant that the Aberdeen-based player had completed the campaign playing in every one of the club’s 41 fixtures, scoring 22 league goals in the process to finish the Scottish Football League’s top league goalscorer for the season.

This was a fantastic achievement for a player who just turned 19 in late April. It was all the more satisfying considering not one of his goals had come from the penalty spot.

Martin’s hat-trick was the first by a Gable Endies’ player in the league since Paul Tosh grabbed three in the 8-1 victory over Clyde on September 25, 2010, a match which saw Martin score his first Montrose goal 30 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

The last Montrose player to hit over 20 goals in a league season was the prolific Colin McGlashan who scored 20 in season 1997/98. Prior to that the last person to score more than 20 was Brian Third who is still Montrose’s all-time league scorer in a season with 28 in season 1972/73.

His 22-goal tally included seven goals in the final four matches of the season, one in a 3-1 success over Queen’s Park, a double in the 3-1 win over East Stirlingshire the following week, and a single strike in the 2-1 defeat at Elgin in the final away fixture before the Clyde hat-trick.

Martin picked up six-end-of-season awards at the presentation evening following the final match. His trophy haul was: Fans’ Favourite, Junior Fans’ Favourite, Top goalscorer, Players’ Player of the Year, Ever-Present Player and the Stan Thornton Memorial trophy.

Martin received a further honour by being awarded the Ginger Boot at the Irn Bru SFL awards on Wednesday at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.

With all SFL clubs in attendance the awards were a fitting celebration of the season just past.

On winning the award Martin said: “I am over the moon at winning the Ginger Boot Award. It is a massive prize for me and ends a great season on a high note.

“I have to thank my team-mates as they created lots of chances for me and encouraged me throughout the season. I would not have scored as many goals as I did without their help. I never scored enough goals in a single month to win a monthly prize but this one is going on the mantelpiece and never coming off.

“I am still pretty new to the game and experienced guys like Dougie Cameron and Jamie Winter have been great with me as they talked me through games.

“I hit a hat-trick on the final day of the season to win it and it was a great feeling. It was too good a feeling to explain.

“I have been in training with my home town team Aberdeen and I scored seven goals in my last four games so the training definitely had an impact. I was a lot fitter than I had been and working with them was an unbelievable experience and I can’t thank them enough.”