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Three Irish players named in League Two TOTY and Hoolahan up for EFL goal of the year

David Forde, Enda Stevens and Graham Carey have all had fine seasons.

DAVID FORDE, ENDA Stevens and Graham Carey have all been included in the Sky Bet League Two team of the season, but there are no Irish representatives in the Championship or League One selections.

pjimage (2) David Forde, Enda Stevens and Graham Carey,

Portsmouth duo Forde and Stevens have been recognised for fine individuals seasons while midfielder Carey has been one of Plymouth’s standout performers during the 2016/17 campaign.

All three have been recognised by being named in the League Two XI ahead of the annual EFL Awards dinner next month.

Ireland international Forde has played all 38 of Portsmouth’s league outings so far having made the switch to Fratton Park from Millwall last summer.

Both he and former Shamrock Rovers defender Stevens have played an integral role in Pompey’s promotion push with Paul Cook’s side currently third.

Stevens has been an ever-present in the Portsmouth defence and is included in the selection at left-back with Dubliner Carey named on the right side of midfield.

The 27-year-old hasn’t missed a league game for Plymouth this term, scoring 12 goals during the club’s title tilt. They sit second, six points behind leaders Doncaster.

There are also two Irish players in contention for the EFL goal of the season award with Wes Hoolahan and Michael Doyle both nominated.

Hoolahan’s effort against Rotherham last October is up for the award, as is Doyle’s strike against Accrington Stanley last month.

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The awards dinner will be held in London on 9 April.

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