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League-winning defensive partners named in our LOI Team of the Week

Players from Dundalk, Cork City, Finn Harps, Bray Wanderers, Shamrock Rovers and Derry City feature.

Dundalk's Brian Gartland and Andy Boyle.
Dundalk's Brian Gartland and Andy Boyle.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Goalkeeper

Ciaran Gallagher (Finn Harps) – A superb performance from Gallagher to ensure his side earned a point to move a step closer to safety.

Defenders

Ethan Boyle (Finn Harps) – Despite being just 19 years of age, the defender slotted in at right back and was equal to the Youths challenge.

Conor Kenna (Bray Wanderers) – The Bray centre-half marshalled his defence well and put in some important tackles to ensure a clean sheet for the Seagulls.

Brian Gartland (Dundalk) – The powerful centre-half has a knack for popping up with big goals and headed home the winner as Dundalk secured their third straight league title.

Andy Boyle (Dundalk) – Gartland’s defensive partner and Lilywhites skipper has been immense all year and opened the scoring with his third goal of the season.

Michael McSweeney (Cork City) – Displaced at full-back by winger Steven Beattie recently, McSweeney took full advantage of his chance — defending well and using his pace to create chances.

Midfield

Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers) – The teenager showed why Rovers have been favouring youth recently as he tormented Hughie Douglas with his pace and trickery down the left and looked most likely to make something happen for his side.

Aaron McEneff (Derry City) – The Candystripes midfielder saw his 35-yard free-kick kept out by Ciaran Nugent, but the Sligo keeper couldn’t stop his second half piledriver.

Conan Byrne (St Patrick’s Athletic) – A top class free-kick from the Saints man to beat Mark McNulty, and he was unlucky not to add a second.

Steven Beattie (Cork City) – Beattie relished the return to a more attacking role, setting up Sean Maguire’s goal and then adding the third himself.

Forwards

Mark O’Sullivan (Cork City) - Denied twice by Brendan Clarke early on but scored Cork’s first and teed up Beattie for his goal.

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