It’s time for the League of Ireland Weekly Awards, where The Football Faithful reward the very best and worst of Irish Football from the week gone by.
Moment of the week
Again comes from Ballybofey. Winless in 15 games and looking to be cut adrift at the bottom, but under the Friday night lights came a massive 3-0 victory for Finn Harps against The Students. Ollie Horgan’s warriors now sit just three points behind UCD, albeit Collie O’Neills men have a game in hand, but the battle at the bottom is beginning to heat up nicely,
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Goal of the Week
You can take your pick of the three that were scored at The Showgrounds, where Daryl Fordyce and Jack Keaney struck for the home side with Aaron Green netting an overhead in a goal of the month competition.
But this weeks award goes to Keaney for his stunning right-footed free kick to grab all three points in the Battle of the Rovers on Saturday night.
Already gone viral with over 247k views on Sligo Rovers twitter feed and proving once again that the LOI has some exceptional quality throughout the sides. Five points, undefeated in four and things are looking to click for Liam Buckley as his side look up the table
ACTUAL FOOTAGE | Jack Keaney stunner!
Step aside Lionel Messi, Jack Keaney has this covered. Top Bin! 🗑️
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Player of the Week
A few players in the frame this week, but maybe surprisingly, the award goes to Conor McCormack. Could also be named unsung hero of the week.
An immense performance at the base of the Cork City midfield snuffed out every threat Bohs has to throw at his side. Interceptions, vital toes on through balls and composed in possession, this performance had it all.
Will be a vital player for John Cotter and his new backroom staff, and if he can replicate these performances on a regular basis, his side won’t lose many as they look to drive back up the table.
Howler of the Week
Comes from Oriel Park, where Dundalk let a two-goal lead slip at home to Derry City. In hindsight, going by the Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians results, the reigning Champions could have put themselves firmly in the mix and on the coattails of The Hoops earlier than expected.
However, Pat Hoban after scoring a brace to put his side in the driving seat, saw red for a harsh second yellow for what looked like a handball in the box. Maybe a tad harsh, but up stepped Eoghan Stokes to equalise from the spot, snatching a late point.
As disappointing as this was for the Lilywhites, it sets up a mouthwatering second v third clash at Dalymount Park on Friday night as this exciting title race continues and the big games keep coming.
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