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Airtricity Premier Division Team of the Week

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 20:58 | Comments

Ger Barron was in fine form against Dundalk
Ger Barron was in fine form against Dundalk

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Goalkeeper:
Ger Barron (UCD)

The UCD shot-stopper almost single handily kept his side in the game against Dundalk. Pulling of a contender for save of the season when he denied Dane Massey from point black range towards the end of the first half, Barron’s efforts ensured that UCD went in level at the break. Even though he eventually had to pick the ball out of the net in the second half, he still produced a string of fine saves to keep the score respectable.

Defenders:
Dan Murray (Cork City)

While the scoreline was slightly unreal given the amount of chances Derry had, Murray rolled back the years with a great display to hold it together at the back. Sheparding young Garry Buckley he showed his experience with his calm use of the ball from the back and his excellent reading of the game.

Alan Byrne (Drogheda United)
Not the most gracious of players, but he was hugely effective in mopping up in front of his back four against Bray Wanderers, just as he was in the European games against Malmo. Has also added creativity to his game and instigated several attacks with some pinpoint passes.

Alan McNally (Drogheda United)

Drogheda stalwart McNally returned at centre-half against Sligo after a spell out with a broken finger and was outstanding from the first whistle. Commanding in the air, he distributed the ball well and was a calming presence throughout the 90 minutes.

Jeff Henderson (Sligo Rovers)
In the Sligo team in place of the injured Evan McMillan, Henderson has proved to be a reliable presence for the Bit o'Red. The former Newcastle United trainee was in impressive form once again on Saturday night against Limerick. Along with fellow centre half Gavin Peers, Henderson was a key instigators in Sligo's 21st clean sheet of the season and helped to keep his side in the lead just before the break with a great tackle to deny Darragh Rainsford.

Midfield:
Stephen O’Donnell (Dundalk)

Troubled by injury for the last few seasons, O'Donnell has bounced back in style and against UCD he turned in one of his best performances of the season. It wasn’t just his passing and creativity in the centre of midfield that stood out, O’Donnell pushed forward at every opportunity and would have got his name on the scoresheet were it not for Ger Barron in the UCD goal. As it was, it’s was O’Donnell’s cross which finally helped to break the deadlock and set his side on the way to victory.

Richie Towell (Dundalk)
Towell continues to be one of the league’s most impressive performers and one of the driving forces behind his side’s title push. Controlling the midfield along with Stephen O’Donnell, Towell also got his name on the scoresheet, wrapping up victory against UCD with a stunning curling effort that found the top left corner of the net.

Joseph Ndo (Sligo Rovers)

The former Cameroon international was flawless for the league champions on Saturday evening against Limerick. Described recently by Molde Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the "conductor who orchestrates his team", Ndo did just that at the weekend and claimed an assist to boot. His clever scooped pass over the Limerick wall found Danny North, who at the second attempt netted the goal that put the final nail in the Blues' coffin.

Daryl Kavanagh (St Pat's)
Not only did the lively Kavanagh score his first goal for the Saints since re-signing from Cork in their 1-1 draw with Bohemians on Friday night, he also led the forward line, linking brilliantly with Chris Forrester, Conan Byrne and Killian Brennan. The only surprise was that they didn’t get a second goal that their-first half dominance deserved. Kavanagh then produced a man of the match performance as Pat’s went back top of the league with a win over Derry City.

Forwards:
Danny Morrissey (Cork City)

Not only did the young striker score a hat-trick against Derry, he also worked very hard. His first two goals were stunning efforts. This week he was named as a back up for the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 squad but in this form, he should be worth a look.

Pat Hoban (Dundalk)

On target again for the Lillywhites as they went to the top the league with victory over UCD, Hoban worked tirelessly, never standing still and stretching the UCD defenders all over the pitch. He opened the scoring with a tidy volley from Stephen O’Donnell’s cross and could have had a hatful of goals were it not for the heroics of Ger Barron in the Students’ goal.

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