Stephen McGuinness (Bray Wanderers)
The 19-year-old Bray keeper was inspired against Shamrock Rovers and helped to keep the scoreline respectable. McGuinness made important top stops throughout the game, even if he had defender Niall Cooney to thank for saving his blushes for a first half mistake.
Sean Heaney (Shamrock Rovers)
The 18-year-old left-back had an enjoyable evening against Bray, winning Rovers' early penalty before heading home a Gary McCabe corner for his first goal for the club on only his second league start.
Sean Gannon (Dundalk)
The former Shamrock Rovers full-back simply gets better with every outing and shone against his former side on Friday. The composure he possessed throughout belied his years and Stephen Kenny's first signing of the off season looks like it could be his best. His match-saving tackle in the box on Jason McGuinness at the death was the highlight of a very impressive evening for him.
Danny Ledwith (Sligo Rovers)
Ledwith has found it somewhat difficult to adjust to life at the Showgrounds since his arrival in the winter. He was however, one of Sligo's top performers on Friday night last during their 5-0 win over UCD and claimed his first competitive goal for the Bit o’ Red with a well executed finish from a tight angle.
Billy Dennehy (Cork City)
The former Shamrock Rovers winger tore Gareth Matthews apart at full-back and was key in everything Cork created against UCD. He worked tirelessly with Cork going down to 10 men, switching wings to give City an attacking threat whenever needed.
Joseph Ndo (Sligo Rovers)
The Cameroon veteran has lost none of his skill, guile and passing ability as he revelled in the role in behind lone striker Aaron Greene in his side's 2-0 victory over Bohemians. He was equally as impressive against UCD.
Chris Forrester (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Even before scoring his stunning opening goal, Forrester was the standout player for St Pat’s against Drogheda, engineering chances with his silky skills. But it’s the quality of the strike that left an indelible mark on the attendance as he found a way past Drogs keeper Dave Ryan from some 50-yards out. Not satisfied with that contribution, he provided a superb assist for Conan Byrne’s strike in the second half before doubling his own tally late on.
Darren Meenan (Dundalk)
Meenan was a bundle of energy in his side's 1-0 victory over Athlone and most of Dundalk’s best attacking play came from his tireless running, he was also in the right place at the right time to win the all-important penalty.
James O’Brien (Athlone)
O’Brien was the one player in his side’s fixture against Dundalk who looked comfortable playing the ball along the deck and trying to pick holes in the opposition defence. He picked up a needless yellow card which will infuriate manager Mick Cooke as the Town can ill-afford another suspension to a key player.
Aaron Greene (Sligo Rovers)
Greene has been in fine form for Sligo in recent weeks and continued in this pattern on Friday night. Involved in the build up of three of Sligo's goals and having been taken down for Alan Keane's first half penalty, Greene also got himself on the score sheet with a well timed header - his fourth goal in all competitions for Rovers.
Christy Fagan (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Fagan maintained his excellent form with a critical brace as St Pat’s overcame their Dublin rivals in Inchicore on Friday evening. His first goal was particularly important as the Saints were struggling to breakdown a disciplined Bohs defence and he highlighted his predatory instincts when crashing home from close range in the second-half for his sixth league goal of an impressive campaign.