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Former Man United and Celtic midfielder included in our LOI team of the week

St Pat’s and Longford are both well represented after good results at the weekend.

IT’S THAT TIME of the week again as we look back on the weekend’s SSE Airtricity League action. Our team of reporters pick out the star performers from the latest round of fixtures.

Goalkeeper

Longford's Paul Hunt makes another save from Dundalk's Richie Towell Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Paul Hunt (Longford Town) - The Town stopper was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers at Oriel Park but fully deserved his clean sheet, making a host of late saves to shut-out Dundalk. His two stops to deny Sean Maguire were excellent.

Defenders

Hugh Douglas Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Hugh Douglas (Bray Wanderers) - Has really established himself since moving from UCD and is now a key member of Bray’s defence. Solid throughout against Drogheda and popped up with the winning goal.

Alan Bennett and S¿ren Frederiksen Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Alan Bennett (Cork City) - John Caulfield’s men came away with the points from Sligo and their solid defensive performance was central to that. Bennett in particular was excellent at the back.

Conor Powell Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Conor Powell (Longford Town) - Playing in an unfamiliar centre back role, Powell helped the Longford rearguard keep a very commendable clean sheet against the Lilywhites. As Dundalk deployed their new strikers late on, Powell made some crucial late clearances.

Midfielders

Sean Gannon with Aymen Ben Mohamed Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Aymen Ben Mohamed (Longford Town) - Deployed in central midfield, the youngster found himself up against a formidable Dundalk midfield. But the ex-UCD player excelled, getting on the ball and constantly looking to make up ground with some strong running.

James Chambers Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

James Chambers (St Pat’s) - Alongside Brennan, Chambers largely bossed the midfield, and his industrious work throughout saw the visitors stunt Rovers’ attempt to formulate any momentum.

Liam Miller Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Liam Miller (Cork City) - The former Irish international was the architect of Cork’s attacks, and ensured that Sligo Rovers had very few chances throughout the evening.

Killian Brennan with Pat Cregg Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Killian Brennan (St Pat’s) - The midfielder seems to relish facing his siblings, and Friday was no different. He pressed both Gary McCabe and Patrick Cregg throughout, forcing them to hurry their passes, while he dominated brother Ryan for the most part. Also came within inches of opening the scoring in the first half with a thunderous strike from 30-yards that bounced off the Rovers post.

Lee Lynch Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Lee-J Lynch (Limerick) - Lynch has hit peak fitness now and looks to be very lively. Kept possession well and picked out a number of incisive passes against Bohs. The former Hamilton midfielder pressed high and won the ball back time after time.

Forwards

Jake Kelly Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Jake Kelly (Bohemians) - Linked up well with Paddy Kavanagh, Karl Moore and Ismahil Akinade. Impressive work rate and huge threat in behind for Keith Long’s men. Scored a brace to give Bohs every chance of securing three points.

Mark Timlin Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

Mark Timlin (Derry City) – Friday’s double has brought Timlin’s tally for the season to eight as he continues to lead from the front.

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