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Here’s our SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Team of the Week

We pick out the star performers from the weekend’s round of top flight games.

Derry's Michael Duffy scored a hat-trick yesterday.
Derry's Michael Duffy scored a hat-trick yesterday.
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Goalkeeper

Micheal Schlingermann (Drogheda United) – A man-of-the-match display in which he produced an number of outstanding saves — one coming right at the end to deny Sheppard, and another couple throughout the game.

Defence

Anto Murphy (Bohemians) – Played arguably his best game of the season, defending well and a posing a real threat going forward. His throw-ins are as good as corners and he provided the crosses for both goals.

Sean Hoare (St Patrick’s Athletic) – Hoare was on the scoresheet for the Premier Division champions, heading home Conan Byrne’s corner, and produced a solid display at the back.

Ian Bermingham (St Patrick’s Athletic) -The Saints captain was excellent going forward and provided the assist for Chris Forrester’s goal.

Midfield

Richie Towell (Dundalk) – The in-demand midfielder was a force throughout against Bray, with seemingly more license than ever to get beyond the front line and pose a threat to the Bray defence. Took his goal well and very inventive too.

Gavan Holohan (Drogheda United) - Scored the winner but, aside from his goal, he dropped into midfield nicely and kept the Rovers engine-room quiet  and alongside Brennan.

 Michael Duffy (Derry City) - Took all three goals well, even if one was a tap-in. Showed a lovely touch for the first to control the ball in his stride, and curled his third effortlessly into the far corner in the second half.

Kevin Devaney (Bohemians) – He has been excellent for Bohs over the last few weeks and again against Cork City, looked a real threat every time he got the ball with his Robben-like runs cutting in off the flank and to the end-line.

Forwards

Kurtis Byrne (Dundalk) – A second man-of-the-match display in a week from the forward, either side of his goal against Hajduk Split in Croatia. At Oriel Park he scored twice, the second of which was a stunner, and had a hand in two other goals.

 Sean Maguire (Sligo Rovers) – Scored his first goal for Sligo Rovers and could have scored a couple of others. Had the Limerick defence under pressure throughout.

Rory Patterson (Derry City) – Scored two excellent goals, one in either half, but more importantly occupied both centre-halves throughout the game and showed the form that made him the league’s top goalscorer last term.

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