Home Football Pundit Arena League Of Ireland Team Of The Month: June 2017

Pundit Arena League Of Ireland Team Of The Month: June 2017

Cork City’s seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier Division title continued in June, including a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Dundalk in their own back yard.

Stephen Kenny’s side had been in a good run of form before that (and have been since), but that loss would have been really hard to take for the reigning champions.

At the bottom, meanwhile, Bohemians pulled away from relegation danger leaving it looking very much now like five teams battling it out to avoid taking a spot in one of those three relegation places come the end of the season.

But which individuals impressed in a month that also incorporated the annual summer break?

Goalkeeper:

Conor O’Malley (St. Patrick’s Athletic)

INPHO

The 22-year-old continues to exude the confidence and ability of a much older and more experienced goalkeeper, who through no fault of his own finds himself in a relegation battle. O’Malley has conceded more goals than he did last month as St. Patrick’s Athletic continue to fight against the drop, but it could have been much worse but for his performances in June.

Defenders:

Jimmy Keohane (Cork City)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 16/6/2017 Cork City vs Limerick Cork's Jimmy Keohane
INPHO/James Crombie

_____

Roberto Lopes (Shamrock Rovers)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 28/4/2017 Shamrock Rovers vs Limerick Roberto Lopes of Rovers celebrates scoring the first goal of the game
INPHO/Donall Farmer

_____

Dane Massey (Dundalk)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 28/4/2017 Shamrock Rovers vs Limerick Roberto Lopes of Rovers celebrates scoring the first goal of the game
INPHO/Morgan Treacy

_____

Keohane has become something of a utility man for Cork City, finding himself at right-back for the time being in the injury absence of captain John Dunleavy. Capped his month with a superb strike against Limerick, but marred slightly by a red card against Derry City.

Lopes, meanwhile, has been a rock at the heart of Shamrock Rovers’ defence as they looked to finally kick-start their season, while over at Oriel Park, Massey recovered well from a goal-causing error against Cork City to play a key role in Dundalk’s winning run since.

Midfielders:

Gearoid Morrissey (Cork City)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Markets Field, Limerick 31/3/2017 Limerick vs Cork City Cork City's Gearoid Morrissey celebrates after the game
INPHO/Ryan Byrne

_____

Keith Ward (Bohemians)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Dublin 23/5/2017 Bohemians vs Limerick Bohemian's Keith Ward
INPHO/Oisin Keniry

_____

Robbie Benson (Dundalk)

SSE Airtrcity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Dundalk 26/6/2017 Dundalk vs Galway Dundalk’s Robbie Benson
INPHO/Oisin Keniry
_____

Patrick McEleney (Dundalk)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, United Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth 16/6/2017 Drogheda United vs Dundalk Dundalk's Patrick McEleney celebrates scoring a goal
INPHO/Morgan Treacy

_____

Gearoid Morrissey continued his fine form at the heart of the Cork City midfield, occasionally popping up with the odd screamer and already matching his best-ever season for goals. Benson was a major player in Dundalk’s strong run of form last month (City result aside), topped off with three goals in the last two games, while Ward has been a creative force in Bohs’ mid-season revival.

McEleney, meanwhile, has been outstanding since the summer break. The 24-year-old was at his electric best throughout, scoring four goals that could nearly all be goal of the season contenders.

Forwards:

Chiedozie Ogbene (Limerick)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Dublin 23/5/2017 Bohemians vs Limerick Limerick's Chiedozie Ogbene
INPHO/Oisin Keniry

_____

Dinny Corcoran (Bohemians)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Dublin 23/5/2017 Bohemians vs Limerick Bohemian's Dinny Corcoran
INPHO/Oisin Keniry

_____

Sean Maguire (Cork City)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 16/6/2017 Cork City vs Limerick Cork's Sean Maguire rounds goalkeeper Brendan Clarke of Limerick to score his sides third goal
INPHO/James Crombie

_____

Maguire was in this team the minute he scored a hat-trick against Dundalk (a feat he repeated in the Europa League this week), though the brace against Limerick a week later didn’t hurt. Aside from the goals, the striker’s overall play has been exceptional throughout this campaign and he will be a huge loss to City.

Limerick are still learning to adapt to their new manager’s style of play, but Ogbene was phenomenal at times in June. Causing defences untold problems with his pace, the former Cork City man scored three times in the month for Neil McDonald’s side.

That Corcoran’s return has coincided with Bohemians shooting up the table is no coincidence. The forward showed has shown tremendous finishing ability all season and his two goals in three games were both fine examples of that.

_____

On this week’s edition of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast we dissected Bray Wanderers’ perilous financial situation with Cormac Byrne of the Irish Mirror, and caught up with Bohemians’ Keith Ward to discuss both his and his team’s fine league form.

About The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team. If you would like to join the team, drop us an email at write@punditarena.com.