League of Ireland Player of the Week: Rory Gaffney - Limerick

The Blues striker was in sensational form as Stuart Taylor's side disposed of two of the top teams in the league with ease

Position Striker
Age 23
Nationality Irish
Appearances 15
Goals 4
Cards 1
The arrival of Stuart Taylor for Limerick’s return to the Premier Division signalled a flurry of new signings and a much-changed side from the one that secured promotion the season before. However, Rory Gaffney has ensured he remains a part of the furniture at Thomond Park after being central to the club's First Division title 12 months ago. The 23-year-old has settled into life in the top-tier like a duck to water and continues to catch the eye on a weekly basis despite the presence of several imported players.

Gaffney, who won the PFAI First Division Player of the Year Award last term, may not have enjoyed the same amount of game time he had under Pat Scully but the increased competitiveness of the squad coupled with the demands of the top-flight has forced Taylor to shuffle his pack. Nevertheless, the imposing frontman has carried his prolific form over from last year and was Dundalk's chief tormentor on Friday as the Super Blues put a huge dent in their opponents title aspirations.

Gaffney's brace ensured the visitors completed a memorable week during which they defeated Shamrock Rovers before picking up three points at Oriel Park. The former Mervue United striker displayed his instinctive nature and technical quality by volleying Stephen Bradley's pass past Peter Cherrie before scoring a second which showcased more of his undoubted quality. The powerful frontman displayed his power and pace by evading the home defence and latching onto a ball over the top before showing great composure to slot home with only Cherrie to beat for his fourth league goal of the campaign and his third in just two games.

Limerick are now sitting comfortably in mid-table safety and all signs are pointing to a strong finish to the season during which Gaffney has come to the fore and underlined his status as one of the league's most promising strikers.