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Tuesday 17th November 2015

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Falkirk forward John Baird the star man after his hat-trick against Alloa.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Falkirk forward John Baird the star man after his hat-trick against Alloa.

GK - Jamie Sneddon (Cowdenbeath)
Cowdenbeath eventually coasted to a 3-0 victory over Brechin but things wouldn't have been quite so comfortable were it not for a couple of cracking stops from 18-year-old Sneddon with the game still in the balance at 1-0. Cowden remain eighth in Ladbrokes League 1 but are finally finding their feet, going four games unbeaten after a bad start to the campaign.

DC - Lee Kilday (Morton)
The former Accies man has been pushed into the unfamiliar role of centre-back due to Morton's injury problems, though he hasn't looked out of place. In Saturday's 2-0 win over Queen of the South he was terrific throughout, consistently winning his headers and clearing his lines as one of the stingiest defences in Scottish football notched another clean sheet.

DC - Luca Gasparotto (Morton)
Kilday benefited from playing alongside one of the better defenders in the lower leagues. Given Rangers' willingness under Mark Warburton to give young players a chance, Gasparotto will hope his time will come at Ibrox but the Morton fans are certainly glad to have him in the meantime. He shone, yet again, in the 2-0 win over Queens that lifts Morton into the play-off spots.

DC - Marc McAusland (Dunfermline Athletic)
Were Dunfermline not in Ladbrokes League 1 it is highly unlikely that a defender of McAusland's experience, having played several years in the top flight with St Mirren, would be featuring at that level. But he is, and he is starring most weeks for the Pars. He was faultless once more alongside Ben Richards-Everton, who also impressed, as Dunfermline defeated Airdrie 2-0.

LM - Nathan Shepherd (East Stirlingshire)
The only player to make this select from a losing team, individually Shepherd had a fine game from a 90 minutes where he was basically asked to fill in everywhere down the left after East Stirlingshire had two men sent off. His cross for Craig Donaldson's goal brought the visitors level at 3-3. A cracking game of football, eight goals and three red cards, finished with East Fife winning 5-3.

MC - Jamie Adams (Ayr United)
Adams possesses top-flight pedigree from his time at Kilmarnock and St Johnstone and he has shown those qualities consistently this season. For Ayr he was in top form once more, helping Ian McCall's side to reach 13 games unbeaten in the league after a narrow 1-0 win over Albion Rovers. It wasn't the best display overall from the league leaders, but with Adams composed on the ball and breaking up play they were able to get the job done.

MC - Kieran Millar (Stenhousemuir)
Kieran Millar was essentially left to fend for himself in the centre of the park for Stenhousemuir in their 2-2 draw with Forfar, after Jamie Barclay's red card precipitated Stephen Stirling's substitution. Despite this, and going two goals down, he fought bravely, as did the rest of his team-mates to rescue a point from a previously hopeless situation.

MC - Mark Kerr (Falkirk)
Falkirk were the big winners of the weekend after a thumping 5-0 victory over Alloa Athletic. John Baird earned the match ball but another stand-out, in a team full of them, was Mark Kerr in the centre. The veteran midfielder's through ball for Baird's first was just exquisite.

RM - Pat Slattery (East Fife)
The wide-man is beginning to emerge from the shadow of East Fife's prodigious striker Nathan Austin, and even though Austin helped himself to a double on Saturday, it was Slattery who was the star performer. He netted the all-important fourth goal after East Stirlingshire had tied things up, sending the Fifers on the road to victory.

FC - John Baird (Falkirk)
The veteran striker is in sensational form, netting eight goals in his last four matches. He helped himself to his second hat-trick within that time to help the Bairns thump Alloa at the Falkirk Stadium. Peter Houston's team are quietly putting together an excellent season and moved to within a point of Hibernian. Baird is this week's star man.

FC - Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic)
The veteran striker showed his guile and cunning to claim a third-minute goal and his movement, link-up play and flawless performance helped Dunfermline to victory. Almost every player in the Pars team excelled in the 2-0 win at Airdrie, but Moffat was head and shoulders above the rest.