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Move from midfielder to defender sees Brennan in our LOI Team of the Week

Just call the St Patrick’s Athletic star ‘Mr Versatile’ from now on.

Makshift defender Killian Brennan.
Makshift defender Killian Brennan.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Goalkeeper

Michael Schlingermann (Drogheda United) – Two amazing saves from the Drogheda goalkeeper kept his side in the game in the opening half, and he was certainly not to be blame for either of the Pat’s goals.

Defence

Anto Murphy (Bohemians) – Murphy scored the second goal of the evening with an excellent header, but his defending too should be credited.

Killian Brennan (St Patrick’s Athletic) – The Saints midfielder slotted into their defence due to injuries and used the positional switch as an opportunity to get on the ball and affect the game as often as possible in the win over Drogheda.

Hugh Douglas (Bray Wanderers) – The Seagulls defender headed home 20 minutes from time as Bray went on to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Shamrock Rovers.

Midfield

Stephen O’Donnell (Dundalk) – With Richie Towell out of action with illness, the Dundalk captain assumed control in midfield and ensured the champions continued to have their customary drive forward from the middle of the park.

Ryan Connolly (Galway United) – The Tribesmen earned a vital point in Dundalk and matched the Lilywhites for much of the encounter. Connolly was their key man in the middle of the park, with the 23-year-old at the centre of everything good going forward for Tommy Dunne’s men.

Stephen Rice (Longford Town) – 31-year-old Rice was excellent in the centre of the park and scored a header as Longford claimed a famous victory at Turner’s Cross.

Conor McCormack (Derry City) – On such a large pitch, dictating the pace of the game is a crucial aspect for any side in the Markets Field and it was Derry who won the midfield battle. McCormack was at the heart of every breakdown in play and snuffed out Lee-J Lynch very well in order to ensure the visitors remained solid throughout.

Mark Timlin (Derry City) – Aside from scoring his goal, Timlin put in a taxing shift on the night. After a set piece was only partially cleared, Timlin was lurking at the edge of the area to fire Derry into the lead just shy of the hour mark. The nippy winger was a threat throughout and was a real out ball for Derry when they were soaking up pressure.

Forwards

Danny Morrissey (Cork City) – His finish on Monday night was a truly sublime volley from a player who looked full of confidence. Unfortunately, and not for the first time, he had to leave the field after putting the ball in the back of the net, and will be sorely missed if can’t make the FAI Cup Final against Dundalk.

David O’Sullivan (Longford Town) – O’Sullivan was kept at bay by Cork goalkeeper Mark McNulty but netted brilliantly after Darren Dennehy had passed the ball straight to Dean Kelly.

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