League of Ireland Player of the Week: Danny Morrissey - Cork City

The young striker was clinical against the Candystripes and his precise finishing ensured a comprehensive victory for the Rebel Army

Position Striker
Age 19
Nationality Irish
Appearances 19
Goals 6
Cards 0
With no Airtricity League representatives in Noel King’s Republic of Ireland U21 squad for the upcoming European Championships qualifier against Germany, Danny Morrissey served a timely reminder of the young talent on show in the league with a stand-out performance against Derry City on Friday evening.

The striker netted a hat-trick as the Rebels continued their fine run of form, heaping more misery on Declan Devine’s charges and putting King’s decision to overlook the league’s brightest talent into more perspective. Morrissey and teammate Daryl Horgan have been put on the standby list for next Monday’s crucial Group three encounter in the Showgrounds but another eye-catching display by the highly rated forward will do his chances of a call-up no harm should there be any withdrawals.

Cork have experienced somewhat of a resurgence since the departure of Tommy Dunne at the start of August and have now won three successive league games under the guidance of caretaker manager Stuart Ashton. Inconsistent form has meant that no momentum could be established, resulting in a lowly league position and the danger of being dragged into a relegation dogfight. However, young Morrissey has stepped up to the mark and is flourishing under Ashton.

Having played in many of the club’s league games to date, there has been no shortage of game time for the 19-year-old and there are high hopes for a player who has been compared to the likes of Shane Long and Kevin Doyle or both also graduated from Cork’s academy ranks.

Morrissey displayed great pace and composure to fire the hosts into a 13th minute lead before scoring twice in the space of eight second-half minutes to complete his treble and seal the points for his side. His goals against the Candystripes means he’s now the club’s top-scorer in the league this term with six strikes and plenty more is expected of Morrissey as the campaign nears its conclusion.