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The 2012 PFAI Young Player of the Year nominee was imperious in midfield as the Bit o' Red overtook Derry City at the top of the league with a resounding victory

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAVID CAWLEY | SLIGO ROVERS

PERSONAL
Position Midfielder
Age 21
Nationality Irish
2013 PREMIER DIVISION SEASON STATS
Appearances 12
Goals 3
Cards 3
Not many players have played every minute of the League of Ireland season to date but David Cawley has. In the Mayoman, Sligo Rovers have one of the most exciting young players in the country.

The 21-year-old scored in Tallaght on Friday evening against Shamrock Rovers to earn his side a vital point before a man of the match performance inspired Ian Baraclough's men to an impressive 3-0 victory over Derry City to overtake the Candystripes at the top of the Airtricity Premier Division.

Cawley was the driving force behind the hosts' breathtaking display at the Showgrounds, not only scoring the all-important second goal and winning a penalty, but also because his driving runs from midfield freed up space for team-mates and caused the visitors' defence problems all afternoon.

The 2012 PFAI Young Player of the Year nominee not only has attacking qualities to his game and has no hesitation in putting himself around and working hard for the team. His ability to play in front of the back four allows the likes of Joseph Ndo, Lee Lynch and Pascal Millien among others to get forward at will.

Having been on standby for the Republic of Ireland under-21 side in the past, after his recent displays, Cawley can't be too far off getting the call-up from Noel King but in the meantime, his performances for Sligo could well play a big part in defending their crown.

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