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The 25 – Definitive Countdown Of The League Of Ireland’s Best Players: 25-16

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The 25 – Definitive Countdown Of The League Of Eire’s Greatest Gamers: 25-16

The League of Eire Premier Division is filled with gifted gamers, and we’ve got down to rank the highest 25.

Judging them on a number of metrics – from potential to pedigree, a participant’s significance to their crew and their skill to provide when required, in addition to in the event that they’re well worth the admission alone  – we’ve ranked the gamers competing within the high stage of Irish soccer. That is ‘The 25’, a definitive countdown of the League of Eire’s greatest gamers.

The scoring system took into consideration the next:

– Pedigree
– Efficiency in strain moments
– Potential
– Significance to their membership
– Well worth the admission price

On this version, we reveal the gamers from 25-16.


25. Daire O’Connor

Daire O'Connor

Dubbed the ‘Irish Messi’ and namechecked by Mick McCarthy, to say O’Connor has caught the attention can be an understatement. O’Connor scored twelve targets final season for UCD and was named within the PFAI First Division Workforce of the 12 months for his shows.

An attacking midfielder-cum-forward, able to taking part in throughout the front-line, he has but to hit high type for Cork however has time on his aspect to reside as much as the hype.

O’Connor featured as a part of our Greenlight sequence earlier this 12 months.

24. Conor McCarthy

Conor McCarthy

Simply 21 years of age, but nonetheless probably the most established gamers at Cork Metropolis, Conor McCarthy has an enormous future within the sport and huge expertise already below his belt. A graduate from their U19s aspect, he joined the senior set-up in 2016 and, after 22 appearances final marketing campaign, solidified himself on the coronary heart of Metropolis’s defence this season whereas chipping in along with his fair proportion of targets.

A composed defender with enormous potential, McCarthy was concerned in Stephen Kenny’s first home under-21 squad earlier this 12 months.

McCarthy featured as a part of our Greenlight sequence earlier this 12 months.


23. James Talbot

James Talbot

Bohemians had a tricky activity changing Shane Supple, their dependable primary who was voted into the crew of the season final 12 months earlier than retiring on the finish of the marketing campaign. But, they’ve discovered the proper substitute in Talbot. The previous Sunderland shot-stopper has stored 12 clear sheets already and made a number of vital saves.

He has earned himself cult standing with Bohs followers for his feedback about Shamrock Rovers after the latest Dublin derby. The goalkeeper additionally has a fan in Mick McCarthy, who referred to as him into the Eire squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers in opposition to Gibraltar and Denmark. Talbot solely turned 22 just a few months in the past and his expertise ceiling is excessive.


22. Neil Farrugia

Neil Farrugia

The previous UCD winger Farrugia was the topic of curiosity from a plethora of golf equipment in each England and Eire earlier than Shamrock Rovers gained the race for his signature.

An Eire under-21 worldwide who scored and impressed on his debut for Kenny’s aspect in opposition to Luxembourg, the 20-year previous’s skill as a left-sided winger has caught the attention over his final couple of seasons with the scholars.

Farrugia has simply that innovative Stephen Bradley’s aspect wants with the harm to Aaron McEneff and if he continues to impress, the French-born winger gained’t be in Irish soccer for too lengthy extra, as he garners consideration from additional afield.


21. Sean Hoare

Sean Hoare

The Dubliner established himself as a key a part of Dundalk’s double-winning marketing campaign final 12 months and has excelled has in central midfield and proper again, in addition to in his pure place in central defence. Hoare beforehand gained the FAI Cup with St. Pats in 2014 and can be a worthwhile addition to any crew within the league. He has gained quite a few League of Eire medals with Dundalk and doesn’t seem like slowing down any time quickly.


20. Darragh Leahy

Darragh Leahy

A improbable addition to the Bohemians defence over the previous couple of seasons, Leahy has been a relentless at right-back. The 20-year previous is defensively sound and a risk going ahead. Leahy was concerned within the PFAI Workforce of the 12 months final season and if he continues his performances in an thrilling Bohemians aspect this marketing campaign he’ll possible be concerned within the XI for a second 12 months working.


19. Karl Sheppard

Karl Sheppard
A stalwart of Cork Metropolis’s success in latest seasons, Sheppard has gained the league title and two FAI Cups since becoming a member of from Shamrock Rovers forward of the 2015 season, scoring key targets alongside the best way. The striker is the one participant on this listing managing to play skilled soccer whereas affected by arthritis


18. Zack Elbouzedi 

Previously of West Brom and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, 20-year-old Zack Elbouzedi has discovered his ft at Waterford in his first season on the RSC. A gifted attacker who can play each centrally and out-wide, Elbouzedi has been broadly thought to be one of many standout gamers within the league this season.

His type has additionally led to him turning into a favorite of Stephen Kenny’s Eire Beneath 21 setup, along with his eye for aim from vast areas one in every of Elbouzedi’s best property. Waterford will do effectively to carry onto the gifted attacker if he continues to progress his sport in such spectacular trend.


17. Liam Scales

Liam Scales

A gifted participant with a shiny future, Scales has impressed for UCD this season, gaining admirers at worldwide and membership stage. The central defender has been on trial at Manchester Metropolis however appears to be like set to affix Bristol Rovers. He’s the ball-playing defender one would count on to flourish at the next stage and at simply 20, has loads of time to take action.

Scales was featured as a part of our Greenlight sequence earlier within the 12 months.


16. Sean McLoughlin

Sean McLoughlin

One of many league’s most highly-rated younger defenders, McLoughlin has reportedly been on the radar of a number of English and Scottish golf equipment for fairly a while. He is just in his second full season as a part of the Cork Metropolis first crew however has rapidly grow to be one in every of their most dear gamers. A marauding centre-half who can discover a cross with ease, McLoughlin is effectively outfitted to succeed on the highest stage.

McLoughlin spoke to Match of Day about his personal future in a characteristic piece final 12 months.



Have your say on ‘The 25’ by utilizing the hashtag #The25 and letting us know by way of Fb, Twitter, Instagram. Keep tuned to Match of Day on Wednesday, the place we’ll unveil the gamers ranked 15-11.

The 25 was ranked by Match of Day’s Oisin McQueirns, Rob Redmond, and Richard Barrett.

The scoring system took into consideration the next:

– Pedigree
– Efficiency in strain moments
– Potential
– Significance to their membership
– Well worth the admission price

‘The 25’ might be launched as follows:

– Tuesday, July 2nd – Counting down from quantity 25-16.
– Wednesday, July third – Counting down from quantity 15-11.
– Thursday, July 4th – Counting down from quantity 10 – 6.
– Friday, July fifth – Unveiling ‘The 25’.