Airtricity League team of the week

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 10:10

By Rob Wright

With 18 goals from the weekend's six Airtricity Premier League games, we've gone for an attacking 3-4-3 line-up. 

For the first time this season, the team-of-the-week is without a Sligo Rovers player, following their 2-0 defeat to St Patrick's Athletic, who are represented by Ian Bermingham and Greg Bolger.

Goalkeeper
Barry Ryan (Limerick)

It’s not often a goalkeeper is kept busy when his side win 4-0 but Limerick’s Barry Ryan impressed mightily in his side’s victory over Bray Wanderers. Denying Jason Byrne with the scoreline at 1-0, Ryan was to go on and frustrate Byrne for the rest of the match, saving from him and his strike partner Isamhil Akinade on a number of occasions. Even with the game wrapped up at 4-0, Ryan was still on hand to deny Akinade before tipping an effort from Kieran 'Marty' Waters onto the crossbar.

Defenders
Ian Bermingham (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Bermingham continues to prove himself as one of the best full-backs in the league. Helping to inflict Sligo's first defeat of the season, Bermingham again controlled the left side of the Pat's defence and linked up well with the front line, bombing forward when necessary but never exposing his side at the back.

Andy Boyle (Dundalk)
Along with defensive partner Mark Rossiter, Boyle dealt with everything Bohemians could throw at his side in their 2-0 victory. Marshalling lone striker Kevin Devaney with ease, Boyle was always in command at the back and dominated in the air, sniffing out and preventing the few opportunities the Gypsies were able to create.

Simon Madden (Derry City)
The ex-Shamrock Rovers full-back made a big impact against his former side in both attack and defence. His crosses from the right caused problems for the Hoops all evening and Rovers struggled to pick him up and contain his surging runs from deep. Solid at the back as well, he made several telling tackles early on and was able to marshal the right side of defence comfortably.

Simon Madden

Midfielders
Shane Tracy (Limerick)

Two magnificent long-range freekicks that would grace any highlights reel only tell half the story of Shane Tracy's contribution to Limerick's impressive victory over Bray. The winger, playing a more inside role that usual, laid a goal on a plate for Axel Bosskota with a delightful cross that cut the Bray defence apart before blasting home goals three and four from those freekicks. He was a constant thorn in the side of the Seagulls defenders, full of running and always willing to make himself available for his team mates.

Greg Bolger (St Patrick’s Athletic)
For sheer effort alone, Greg Bolger would be worthy a place in the team-of-the-week but he displayed real class and skill against Sligo Rovers as well a work ethic that helped his side control the centre of the park against the league champions. Never giving the likes of Lee Lynch or Danny Cawley any time or space on the ball and closing them down brilliantly, Bolger was also effective in his use of the ball, rarely giving away possession.

Gavin Brennan (Drogheda United)
Gavin Brennan was at the heart of everything positive Drogheda did going forward in their 3-2 victory over UCD. He helped open the scoring when he set up Gary O'Neill and then added the second with a low scuffed volley that had enough about it to beat Mark McGinley. Linking up brilliantly with the front line and his brother Ryan, Brennan was a constant threat and though he may have neglected his defensive duties at time, his attacking play more than made up for it.

Gavin Brennan

Richie Towell (Dundalk)
Pulling the strings in midfield for the Lillywhites as they claimed an impressive 2-0 victory away to Bohemians, Towell was the stand-out player at Dalymount. His long-range free-kick on 20 minutes was parried into the path of Tiarnan Mulvenna who tapped home and he then doubled the lead himself in the second half with another long range effort albeit a deflected one. The goals weren't Towell's only contribution, however, as he marshalled the visitors' midfield and controlled the pace of the game with his quick and incisive passing.

Forwards
Axel Bossekota (Limerick)

Axel Bossekota had an inauspicious start to life with Limerick, picking up a red card in only his second game but since then he’s turned things around and was the driving force behind their attack against Bray. Scoring two goals in a four minute first-half spell that all but killed off the Wicklow side’s challenge only tell part of the story. Bossekota was everywhere, helping out in midfield, linking up well with Craig Curran and providing the Bray defence with questions they had no answers to.

Tiarnan Mulvenna (Dundalk)
Making his first start in three games, Mulvenna staked a major claim for a more regular starting place with a fine display against Bohemians. The striker opened the scoring early on, showing his predatory instincts to pounce on a rebound and slot home from close range and while he was frustrated in his efforts to add to his tally by the in-form Dean Delany, he remained a constant threat. Working his way into dangerous positions and always finding space when he really shouldn't have been able to, if Mulvenna gets a more regular starting place, he'll soon sharpen his finishing skills.

Tiernan Mulvenna

Gary O’Neill (Drogheda)
Enjoying a new lease of life at Drogheda after a disappointing spell with Shamrock Rovers, Gary O’Neill was the star of the show as his side beat UCD 3-2. Opening the scoring with a poacher’s goal on 21 minutes and then adding a second when he got on the end of Ryan Brennan through ball, O’Neill looks like a player who’s enjoying his football again. Constantly looking to exploit the space behind the UCD back line, his pace and guile created space for his team-mates as well as giving his midfielders options when on the break.

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