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Carling’s League of Ireland Team of the Week

It’s been quite a weekend of action in the SSE Airtricity League, with massive games effecting both ends of the table.

The relegation battle took a massive turn as Finn Harps upset the odds in the North West Derby, whilst Shamrock Rovers fell further behind in the title race. Here’s who stood out this week…

Goalkeeper

Mark McNulty (Cork City)

Having seen his side grab the lead against title-chasing Shamrock Rovers, he and his teammates had to suffer a bit of an onslaught as they looked to hang onto all three points. Could do nothing about Aaron McEneff’s beautiful equaliser but thoroughly deserved his man of the match award as he kept his side in it, along with some brave defending.

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Right Back

Cameron Dummigan (Dundalk)

Solid as a rock from the 23-year-old in for his first start. Didn’t put a foot wrong the whole game and kept possession really well. Defensively sound from the ex-Burnley man who had to deal with Saints skipper Ian Bermingham, and the fresh legs of James Doona. Just shows the quality in reserve in this side.

Centre Back

Keith Cowan (Finn Harps)

Hugely impressive performance, a real leader at the back as his side kept a clean sheet in the North-West Derby. A vital clean sheet against high flying Derry City and unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself in the first half when Raff Cretaro picked him out at the back post, but couldn’t get his header on target.

Centre Back:

Dan Casey (Cork City)

Heroic stuff at times, along with his keeper McNulty. Threw his body at everything and, even though Rovers dominated the second half, will feel hard done by that his performance didn’t lead to all three points. Superb performance.

Left Back

Kevin Toner (St. Pat’s)

Played left back in the three but made some outstanding challenges as Dundalk turned the screw in the second half. Got forward when possible to support Ian Bermingham. An excellent all-round performance from the big defender especially having to deal with the pace of Daniel Kelly but kept him quiet on the night.

Right Wing

Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford)

Only took seven minutes to net on his return from a dislocated shoulder in the 1-0 win over Bahrain in the Toulon Tournament for the Republic of Ireland U-21s. His side haven’t been on a great run of late and were nervously looking over their shoulder at being dragged into the relegation dog fight after recent results, but Friday nights win will go some way to alleviating those fears. And the return of their star man will no doubt fire them up the table.

Centre Midfield

John Mountney (Dundalk)

Looked the best midfielder on the pitch. Always looking for the ball at every opportunity, driving his side forward and a well-taken finish with his left from the penalty spot, was nothing more than his performance deserved.

Centre Midfield

Danny Mandroiu (Bohemians)

Returned to the side from suspension with a bang, opening the scoring from the spot at the Showgrounds. Was marked throughout by Kyle Callan-McFadden but showed his quality and cleverness to find space and create danger. Skimmed the bar with a nice effort on the hour mark, but just fell short in the end as his side took a valuable point on the road, as both European hopefuls Derry City and St.Pats both suffered defeat.

Centre Midfield

Aaron McEneff (Shamrock Rovers)

It says it all about the player when a pretty star-studded midfield seemed to be missing his quality. Scored a beauty after coming off the bench to grab a draw at Turners Cross and had a couple of other chances to win it. Seemed to spark his team to life going forward. Excellent player.

Left Wing

Patrick McEleney (Dundalk)

Top class performance from the winger. Delivered quality ball, after quality ball as the much changed Champions grabbed a vital three points away in Inchicore. Lovely low delivery to set up the opener.

Forward

Dean Walsh (Waterford)

Another one to come off the bench and make a massive impact, just as Aaron McEneff did. Scored arguably the goal of the weekend with a stunning strike to grab a vital three points away at UCD and is in this week not just for the strike itself, but the importance of the goal. Even his boss eluded to the fact, the strike may just have kept him in the job!

This weeks LOI TOTW is brought to you in association with our friends at Carling, who’ve just launched a superb new inter lockable glass that allows you to carry four pints easily. Now if that’s not an innovation we can all get behind, we don’t know what is! 

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