Thomas Stafford is here to discuss this week’s Pundit Arena LOI First Division Team of the Week.
A 4-0 win for Wexford Youths over rivals Waterford sees them receive the most nominations with three players in the Team of the Week. Shelbourne and Galway both have two representatives after impressive wins over Shamrock Rovers B and Finn Harps respectively. As do Longford Town, after beating Cobh Ramblers 4-2. Rovers B and Ramblers finish off the team with a player each selected.
The side lines out in a 3-4-3 formation.
Graham Doyle (Wexford Youths)
The experienced Youths netminder was in fine form against Waterford and made some crucial saves. He has really stood out as one of the division’s top keepers this year.
Lee Desmond (Shelbourne)
The young Shelbourne defender has been somewhat of a regular in the Team of the Week this season and had an impressive display against Shamrock Rovers B.
Killian Cantwell (Wexford Youths)
Cantwell picked up a goal and a clean sheet in the derby win over Waterford in what was a commanding display by the Kilkenny native.
Rhys Gorman (Longford Town)
Gorman played well against Cobh and is definitely a young player to keep an eye on. The former Shamrock Rovers U19 star contributed to the attack on many occasions and looked impressive throughout.
Ryan Connolly (Galway FC)
The Galway man has been one of their star players all year as they continue their promotion push. Another fine performance against Finn Harps saw him contribute to all three goals.
Dylan Connolly (Shelbourne)
Very much a regular in the team, Connolly once again showed his class with a superb game against Rovers B. He scored Shels’ third and was a constant threat to the Hoops’ defence.
Alan O’Flynn (Cobh Ramblers)
O’Flynn scored Cobh’s second in their loss to Longford as the Cork side put in a gallant effort against leaders Longford. He played well on the night despite the defeat.
Dean Broaders (Wexford Youths)
Broaders was a must in the Team of the Week after grabbing two goals in Youths’ demolition of Waterford. He was excellent all night in what was a fine team performance.
Vinny Faherty (Galway FC)
The Galway attacker put in an impressive display against Finn Harps. He scored on the night and was a menace to the Harps defence all night in their 3-0 victory.
Peter Hynes (Longford Town)
Hynes came on as a substitute early in Longford’s game with Cobh after an injury to Gary Shaw and played well on the night. He scored their third with a great finish as ‘De Town’ moved back to the top of the league.
Mark Sandford (Shamrock Rovers B)
Another “Super-Sub”, the Hoops attacker scored twice late on against Shelbourne to give the Tallaght side a fighting chance . They eventually lost 3-2 but he deserves his place nonetheless.