Barry Murphy (Shamrock Rovers)
After enjoying a quiet first half in Saturday’s EA SPORTS Cup final, Murphy was called into action as Drogheda chased the game following Ken Oman’s red card. Murphy pulled off a string of fine saves and commanded his box well throughout as Rovers secured their second cup of the season.
Brian Gartland (Dundalk)
On a rare off night for the Dundalk defence against St Patrick’s Athletic, the former Portadown man was still a rock and put in a sensational last ditch tackle in the first half to deny a certain goal. Gartland was comfortable too when carrying the ball out from the back and was the Lilywhites' standout man on a disappointing night.
Gavin Peers (Sligo Rovers)
Sligo Rovers have won five and drawn one of their last six games and Gavin Peers has been one of the main reasons behind that run. Always in the right place at the right time, the centre back has the ability to sniff out trouble before it can develop and his resolute defending ensured that UCD’s front men had a frustrating night at the Belfield Bowl.
Patrick Nzuzi (Limerick)
Nzuzi helped Limerick claim their first win since the start of August with a fine defensive display against Shamrock Rovers. The former Newcastle player was solid in the air, comfortably dealing with anything Rovers could throw at him, and strong in the tackle. He frustrated Mark Quigley in particular, coming out on top of their battle.
Richie Ryan (Shamrock Rovers)
The Hoops midfielder has been a revelation in the middle of the park and has been instrumental in the recent run of good Rovers form. Ryan has struck up a fine understanding with Shane Robinson and has added a new dimension to the Rovers team who have been lacking in that position all season. It was no surprise to see Rovers, minus Ryan, slump in Limerick on Tuesday night.
Daryl Kavanagh (St Pat’s)
The little playmaker was outstanding and clinical in the final third for Pat's against Dundalk and he was involved in many of their excellent attacking moves. Kavanagh took his goal superbly with a rocket shot for what could be one of the most important goals the Richmond Park side score this season.
Ryan Brennan (Drogheda)
Brennan made a mistake in missing a penalty against Cork, but he showed great composure to score just on the break and he was instrumental in the second goal for Drogheda. The 21-year-old was constantly breaking down the left wing and his deliveries were a source of problems for the Cork defence.
Kieran Djilali (Sligo Rovers)
Djilali broke the deadlock in his side’s 3-0 victory over UCD with a stunning looping effort from the edge of the box but it was his all around play that made him shine. Full of running and always looking for the ball, Djilali was a constant threat for Sligo Rovers and one that the UCD defence were simply unable to handle.
Dave Mulcahy (Bohemians)
The veteran Gypsies midfielder led by example in his side’s crucial victory against fellow strugglers. Mulcahy was a constant threat, heading over form Bohs' first chance early on and sealing a fine display with the third goal late on.
Tommy Stewart (Shamrock Rovers)
Almost the forgotten man of Shamrock Rovers this season after the arrival of supposed-marquee signings Mark Quigley and, more recently, Eamon Zayed, Stewart was imperious on Saturday against Drogheda as he led the line with authority, linking well with Gary McCabe playing just off the striker. Stewart remained composed to seal the Cup victory and could have added to his tally later on.
Ciaran Kilduff (Cork City)
Kilduff looked sharp and hungry against Drogheda and was involved in all three of Cork’s goals and he constantly moved into space to provide an outlet for the midfielders. His finish for the first goal was sublime and his awareness to pick out Shane Duggan was excellent. In an open game he always looked a real threat.