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League of Ireland Team of the Week

After yet another exciting round of League of Ireland action, it’s time to see which players performed well enough to receive the prestigious honour of being named in The Football Faithful LOI Team of the Week.


Ed McGinty (Sligo Rovers)

Certainly the busier of the two keepers at Dalymount. Had to deal with a bombardment of corners in the second half but dealt with them relatively comfortably. Also saved well from a couple of long-distance efforts from Danny Mandroiu and Conor Levingston. Kept his side in it at times, even though he knocked out his own centre back Dante Leverock!

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Right Back

Joey O’Brien (Shamrock Rovers)

Notched his first for the club and what a vital goal it was, breaking the deadlock against a stubborn Cork City side. The ex-Irish international as been in excellent form this season, with some fans saying he is looking every bit like the Premier League player he was.

Left Back

Darragh Leahy (Bohemians)

Mr. consistent for Bohs this season and deservedly called up into Stephen Kenny’s Under-21 set up. Another good display and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side against Sligo Rovers. A constant attacking threat down the left hand side also

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Centre Back

Sean Hoare (Dundalk)

Ok, ok I know there was more than a slice of luck about his crucial late winner against a determined St. Pats as the ball seemed to be cleared off him, but if you don’t buy a ticket you’ll never win the lotto. And it looked as if he reacted sharply to block the clearance, so maybe he deserved his luck in the end.  Another clean sheet – his side conceding just 11 all season – and against the lively front two of Mikey Drennan and Gary Shaw, it was solid performance against his former side.

Centre Back

Roberto Lopes (Shamrock Rovers)

Continues his fine form this season and added another to his tally making it three so far. Doubling his side’s lead and sealing all three points with a powerful back-post header.


Ciaron Harkin (Derry City)

A magnificent hat trick – including a stunning free kick – in the big northwest derby, helping his side to their first win in six. The talented 22-year-old was outstanding on the night and looks a real talent.


Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)

Dominated the midfield, and showed his creative quality against a stubborn Cork City side as Rovers ran out two nil winners on the night. Keeps his side level on points with leaders Dundalk and 12 points ahead of Dublin rivals Bohs.

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Conor Levingston (Bohemians)

Scored a cracking effort from the edge of the are to equalize for his side. Showed his quality on the ball throughout and looked to grab the game where possible. Good to see him push further forward, a real classy operator.

Right Wing

Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford)

What a talent the Irish under-21 international is. The difference maker again in a hard fought battle with UCD scoring the games only goal calmly firing home a left footed strike into the bottom corner

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Left Wing

Michael Duffy (Dundalk)

a bit of a toss up between Duffy and Trevor Clarke of Shamrock Rovers but Duffy just edges it for his impressive performances this week. Continues to be a hugely creative force in the league leaders relentless pursuit to retain their title and one of the players of the season so far.

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Romeo Parkes (Sligo Rovers)

A constant threat on the break with his pace. won every ball that came near him wether in the air or on the ground, the Bohs defence couldn’t live with him. Scored a magnificent brace to steal all three points, in a game they could have easily lost, including a 90th minute winner on the break twisting and turning the Bohs defence before finally smashing home!