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Airtricity League team of the week

Updated: Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 13:08 | Comments

UCD's Hugh Douglas forms part of the defensive unit
UCD's Hugh Douglas forms part of the defensive unit

This week's selection sees five in midfield with a trio of UCD players in the XI after their win over Shamrock Rovers.

Goalkeeper 
Ger Doherty (Derry City) 

Doherty continues to be the form goalkeeper in the Airtricity Premier League and he helped his side claim a hard-earned point against St Patrick's Athletic on Friday.

There was little Doherty could have done about Conan Byrne's opener but with the scores tied at 1-1 he was on hand to deny Christy Fagan twice late on.

First denying the St Pat's substitute with his feet as he stopped him in his tracks, he then managed to block Fagan's header from close range and ensured his side took a point.

Defenders 
David O'Connor (UCD) 

The UCD captain was at the heart of the defence as his side picked up their first victory of the season. The Students were well organised and disciplined in the face of pressure from Shamrock Rovers.

All four defenders and both goalkeepers acquitted themselves well on the night, with O’Connor leading by example.

Alan Keane (Sligo Rovers) 
Constantly bursting forward from the right back position against Drogheda, Keane was as much an attacking threat for Sligo as he was defensively solid.

Absolved of any blame for the two goals the home side conceded, Keane was a constant problem for Drogheda to deal with.

His crossing from the right helped to offer ammunition for target man Anthony Elding and he was unlucky to see his shot deflected away from goal in the dying minutes after skipping past two Drogheda defenders.

Hugh Douglas (UCD) 
Part of the back four and - later in the game - back five that frustrated and denied Shamrock Rovers, Douglas was also on the scoresheet on a fine night for the Students.

Commanding in the air and strong in the tackle, Douglas' most telling contribution came on the 75th minute when he headed home from a Sean Russell free-kick on a rare foray forward.

Midfield 
Richie Towell (Dundalk) 

The former Celtic and Hibernians player has been Dundalk's standout performer this season and he showed why in Friday night's televised clash with Cork City.

Outstanding in possession, Towell kept Dundalk ticking over right from the get go and had a goal ruled out in the 36th minute for offside. The Lilywhites will do welll to keep him when the summer transfer window reopens in the UK.

Aaron Greene (Sligo) 
The pacey Sligo winger was a bag of tricks on Saturday evening as everything that was good about Sligo went through both himself and Joseph Ndo.

A last minute winner looked to be just rewards for a fine performance only for Graham Rusk to steal a point for the Boynesiders at the very death.

Sean Russell (UCD) 
The young midfielder was a constant thorn in the side of Shamrock Rovers.

Russell created the first goal for Hugh Douglas with an excellent free-kick, he then showed composure to score the second goal and secure the win in injury-time.

(St Pat's) 
Winger Chris Forrester asked lots of questions of the Derry defence on Friday night in Inchicore. It was his scuffed shot that set up Conan Byrne and almost got on the score-sheet himself with a 25-yard drive in the second half that flew inches wide.

Stringing this type of performance together on a regular basis will be key to the Saints fortunes this season.

Greg Bolger (St Pat's) 
St Patrick’s Athletic were the better side for the majority of their 1-1 draw with Derry City on Friday night thanks to their extra edge in midfield. Key to that dominance was the performance of Greg Bolger.

The ex-UCD and Dundalk player buzzed around the middle, linking up well with Chris Forrester and Killian Brennan in attack, and breaking up play when the Candystripes had the ball.

Forwards 
Chris Lyons (Bohemians) 
Netting twice for Bohemians as they edged to a 3-2 victory over Bray Wanderers, Chris Lyons played an assured role up front. Always confident on the ball and constantly looking to make space, he took both of his goals well and was ready to track back and put in the hard work for his teammates too.

Danny Galbraith (Limerick) 
Galbraith turned in a man-of-the-match display against Shelbourne and will feel hard done by not to have been on the winning side. A constant menace down the right wing, his pace, control and trickery tied Shelbourne's defence up in knots.

His passing was accurate and incisive and at least one of his crosses should have been converted.

The attacker was denied a penalty and harshly booked for simulation when a spot-kick would have been the right decision, but if he continues to perform to this level, Limerick will be a real threat.

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