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On-fire Maguire leads the line in a Cork-dominated LOI Team of the Week
It was a particularly productive weekend for John Caulfield’s men.

Goalkeeper

Ciaran Nugent (Sligo Rovers): The American stopper pulled off several vitals saves as the Bit O’Red caused an upset away to champions Dundalk.

Defenders

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling (Sligo Rovers): The English teenager had the uneviable task of marking Daryl Horgan at Oriel Park, but performed well and put in an important block in the second half.

Kevin O’Connor (Cork City): Played 90 minutes for Ireland’s U21s on Friday, but put in a shift 24 hours later in the Leesiders’ emphatic win over Galway United.

Lorcan Fitzgerald (Bohemians): The full-back caused the Hoops defence problems with his corners and provided an assist for Roberto Lopes’ winner.

Midfield

Karl Sheppard (Cork City): The ex-Galway United man gave his former team a torrid time on the right wing as he provided assists for four of Cork’s five goals.

Garry Buckley (Cork City): Dominated proceedings in a three-man midfield with Gavan Holohan and Greg Bolger and headed home the third goal.

Roberto Lopes (Bohemians): The Crumlin man’s leadership qualities were there to see as he netted the winner with a powerful header and then showed his incisive running and determination in the centre of the park.

Conan Byrne (St Patrick’s Athletic): Could have easily had four but had to settle for two as he wreaked havoc down Wexford’s left-hand side.

Forwards

Sean Maguire (Cork City): The Ireland U21 international provided two of Cork’s five goals which moved him to 16 league goals this season.

Sean Houston (Finn Harps): Scored two goals as Harps claimed a vital win. His displays will surely have caught the attention of other clubs.

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Rory Patterson (Derry City): The Candystripes’ leading goalscorer grabbed this game by the scruff of the neck with two goals.

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