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
This week’s big award goes to the battle of Ballybofey as Finn Harps moved off the foot of the table with their second win on the bounce. A dramatic and highly charged 3-2 over Waterford on Friday night saw Ollie Horgan’s charges leapfrog UCD at the bottom in the battle for survival. A managerial sending off – wasn’t Ollie believe it or not – well-taken goals. and a last-minute winner after Damien Delaney thought he rescued a point. A game that had it all.
? A red card for Alan Reynolds
⏱ A last minute winner, seconds after a Damien Delaney equaliser@finnharpsfc 3-2 @waterfordfcie had a bit of everything
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— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) May 18, 2019
Goal of the Week
We have been well and truly spoiled with top class efforts this season and Friday night didn’t disappoint. With Bohs trailing one nil away to St Pat’s in the Dublin Derby, having just seen his side miss a crucial penalty, amidst all the pressure, up stepped fan favourite Danny Mandroiu to hit an unstoppable effort into the top left-hand corner. Classy moment from a classy player and under the watchful eye of Under-21’s boss Stephen Kenny too!
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— SSE Airtricity League (@SSEAirtricityLg) May 18, 2019
Player of the Week
Talented 21-year old Mikey Place showed bravery and maturity beyond his years as he was instrumental in ensuring his side scraped their way off the bottom of the table. Scored two and set up a last-minute winner with a beautifully weighted pass for Sean Boyd as Harps made it six points out of the last six available.
Boss Horgan said after the game, “Things are finally going their way” adding that his side re finally “getting results their performances deserve” and no doubt attacking midfielder Place could be a vital cog in the Harps machine, with his technical ability and eye for goal.
Mikey Place's two goals Friday night, where it ended Finn Harps 3-2 Waterford FC. pic.twitter.com/Ph3nnsRJgm
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Howler of the Week
The weeks most unwanted award goes to Pat Hoban of Dundalk. Although his side ensured their sixth win in a row against old rivals Cork City and with the game nicely poised at one nil to the Lilywhites the reigning Champions earned a penalty through Gary Comerford’s challenge on Sean Murray.
In one of the funnier moments we’ll see this season, the Leagues top score, Hoban, stepped up confidently from 12 yards out only to see his penalty hit the outside of the post, but if you look closely at the clip it almost seems as if the Dundalk talisman clenches his fist is beginning to wheel away in celebration!
— Cork's 96FM (@Corks96FM) May 17, 2019