Alan ‘Alsie’ Ray becomes only the second player to pick up a second JSP Player of the Week gong.
The Aryfield striker, who picked up for a four goal salvo earlier this season, follows Daniel Matthews as the second player to be a two time recepient.
Ray was pushed extremely close by a number of players and fine performances this week, but his late hat trick couldn’t be over looked.
While a host of players were making names for themselves in the FAI Junior Cup action Ray was in league action against Kilbarrack. His side, who found themselves managerless during the week leading up to the clash, found themselves three goals down midway through the second half. However, Aryfield and particular Ray rose to the challenge and ended up beating the league leaders.
The striker bagged a hat trick to turn the result around scoring a last minute winner.
The player that pushed Ray the closest this week was Paul McCarty. The defender came off the bench for Broombridge Saturday side and produced a remarkable debbut.
When McCarthy’s Broombridge career started his side were trailing 3-1 to Howth, by the time he left the field he has inspired his team to a come from behind victory.
The defender inspired a comeback in the final 20 minutes scoring two in what turned out to be a 4-3 win. Now thats how you make an entrance.
While McCarthy was excelling in his first game for his new club Conor Riddick was standing out in his last for his home town club. The former Junior International emigrates to Canada in the new year and was playing for Liffey Wanderers for the last time. The classy midfielder ensured a brilliant send off with a dominating display and two quality strikes against Maynooth.
Graham O’Flaterty excelled for Skerries town scoring twice and producing a man of the match performance as they beat the league leaders comphrensively to inject life into their promotion chase.
One goal keep that stood out was Pa Reardon for Limerick’s Geraldines. The net minder produced a vital peno save as the ‘Dines held Nenagh to secure a vital point.
Armstrong Bekombo was stand out for Cherry Orchard as they traveled to Cork and progressed into Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup. The midfielder bagged a brace from midfield and set the tone for a brilliant away display.
Jack Doherty become an FAI Junior Cup hat-trick hero as he bagged a treble for Carrick United as they beat Athenry to progress to round six of the contest.
Crumlin United’s David Bracken was another contender. The striker scored the winner in a massive game against Cherry Orchard on Friday night, before producing some moments of magic a day later in the FAI Junior Cup.
Bracken’s Saturday display against last seasons quarter finalist, Glengad included a fine individual strike and a sensational assist.