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Airtricity Premier Division team of the week

Updated: Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 17:57 | Comments

Barry Ryan continues to roll back the years for Limerick
Barry Ryan continues to roll back the years for Limerick

Goalkeeper
Barry Ryan (Limerick)

The veteran Limerick goalkeeper showed he's lost little with age as he made three vital late stops to secure the three points for his team against Bohemians. The best of them was from Dave Scully right on 90 minutes when he somehow kept out the Bohs striker's header with one hand.

Defence
Graham Gartland (Shelbourne)

Gartland has an excellent game against Drogheda - the club with whom he won the league title in 2007. Powerful in the air, he also made some great passes out of defence to relieve the pressure on his colleagues and help his side earn a much needed point.

Michael Daly (Drogheda)

Right-back has been a problem position for Drogheda this season, but utility player Daly stepped up to the plate when it mattered, putting in a Trojan shift in his side’s Europa League draw with Malmo. Daly rarely wasted a pass and was always strong in the tackle, he even created a great chance for Paul O’Conor in the second half.

Alan Byrne (Drogheda)
More accustomed to playing at centre-half, the former Monaghan United man was picked to offer protection for his back four by moving just slightly forward and he played the role to perfection, repeatedly breaking up Malmo attacks. He almost broke the deadlock with a looping header early in the second half.

Danny O’Connor (Bray Wanderers)
A solid rearguard defence by Bray helped to bring an end to a six game winning streak by Shamrock Rovers and Danny O’Connor was a major factor in keeping the game scoreless. Quick in the tackle, always positionly aware and calm while playing the ball out of defence, O’Connor frustrated Rovers all night.

Midfield
Daryl Horgan (Cork City)


It’s easy to choose a player who scored two goals in his side’s victory over Sligo Rovers, but what goals they were! The first, from a poor back pass, was superbly chipped over the goalkeeper. The second featured Horgan flicking the ball past Alan Keane before rifling a shot into the far corner of the net.

Conan Byrne (St Pat’s)
The right winger didn’t have as much as of a free reign as he usually does in his side’s Europa League clash with Zalgiris but he still made a big impact. Left with more defensive duties than he’d usually be expected to perform, Byrne still manager to break forward and take the game to the Lithuanians and scored a crucial away goal with a clever finish.

Greg Bolger (St Pat’s)
Against Zalgiris and on a night when so many of them played well, it was hard to pick out a St. Pat's player specifically, but midfielder Bolger’s dynamism kept them going. He put a sublime ball through for Byrne goal and was involved in everything good about his team.

Richie Towell (Dundalk)
Towell was the driving force behind Dundalk as they claimed an impressive 1-0 victory over Derry that saw his side move to within six points of the lead. Towell’s passing helped to control the tempo of the game but he was also there when needed to help stop Derry’s foray’s forward.

Forwards
Christy Fagan (St Pat’s)


Leading the line as a lone striker on a tough European away trip is always going to be a thankless task but Fagan did so with aplomb and played a big part in his side’s draw with Zalgiris. Always an outlet to relieve the pressure on the St Pat’s defence, Fagan held up the ball well and always looked to bring others into the play.

Axel Bossekota (Limerick)
After an impressive start to the season with Limerick, Bossekota appeared to go slightly off the boil but he rediscovered his form in impressive style against Bohemians on Friday. Drifting in to the centre from the left wing at will and full of tricky running, Bossekota was a constant threat. It was his goal that gave his side all three points and Limerick will be hoping he can maintain this kind of form.

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