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League of Ireland Player of the Week: Gary McCabe - Shamrock Rovers

League of Ireland Player of the Week: Gary McCabe - Shamrock Rovers

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The striker bagged two goals for the Hoops as they saw off the challenge of a rejuvenated Cork City at Tallaght Stadium over the weekend

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GARY MCCABE| SHAMROCK ROVERS

PERSONAL
Position Striker
Age 25
Nationality Irish
2013 PREMIER DIVISION SEASON STATS
Appearances 22
Goals 5
Cards 0
The majority of players would sulk at being asked to play out of position in order play an apparent supporting role, but Gary McCabe grabbed the opportunity with both hands on Friday evening as he struck twice to ensure Shamrock Rovers maintained pace with the top four.

Hoops boss Trevor Croly placed faith in Tommy Stewart, who is yet to find the net this season, to lead the line against Cork City while playing McCabe behind the 26-year-old frontman. It has been a frustrating season for all in Tallaght but the hosts showed glimpses of their attractive, free flowing style during the first period on Friday and had McCabe to thank for two superbly-taken opportunist goals.

After being left-out against Shelbourne last time out, McCabe was determined to prove his worth against the Rebel Army as he turned out to be the match winner once again. The 25-year-old, one of the league's most skilful and technically gifted players, clinically side-footed Stewart's centre in the ninth minute before doubling his tally on 22 minutes. After swift inter-play between Shane Robinson and Billy Dennehy on twenty-two minutes, the former Bray Wanderers forward gave Mark McNulty no chance with a composed finish.

With Mark Quigley, Eamon Zayed and Stewart struggling to find form on front of goal, Rovers are relying heavily on McCabe and his midfield partners. On Friday's showing, he certainly as the ability to adopt and meet the demands.

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