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Tuesday 7th January 2020

Team of the Week

Stirling Albion striker Darryl Duffy is star man in the SPFL Team of the Week after scoring a first-half hat-trick against Albion Rovers...

GK: Jamie MacDonald (Alloa Athletic)
A notable mention to Alan Martin, who kept a clean sheet on his debut for League 2 title chasers Edinburgh City, but we've plumped for MacDonald here. The on-loan Kilmarnock keeper earned the Wasps an important point in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle, saving a penalty from Stuart Bannigan and pulling off a number of fine saves at the Indodrill Stadium.

RB: Billy Mortimer (Queen's Park)
A man-of-the-match performance from the right wing-back saw Mortimer grab a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win over Stenhousemuir at Hampden. It was an important victory for the Spiders and moved them eight points clear of bottom club Brechin as Ray McKinnon made a winning start as manager following the recent departure of Mark Roberts.

CB: Mark Connolly (Dundee United)
Connolly marked his return to action with his first goal of the season as Dundee United defeated Queen of the South 1-0 to stay 14 points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. United had lost heavily on their previous visit to Dumfries but Connolly helped them shut out the Doonhamers this time round.

CB: Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT)
Deputising again as a centre-half, McHattie joined Coll Donaldson to keep Dundee out in a vital win for Caley Thistle against their play-off rivals. He set ICT on their way early on with a whipped cross-field pass - the ball of the season according to manager John Robertson - to find Shaun Rooney bursting forward on the right and Rooney crossed for Aaron Doran to open the scoring.

LB: Andrew Steeves (Montrose)
The League 1 Player of the Month for December – who has now made 200 appearances for Montrose – put in a typically solid shift at left-back as Stewart Petrie's side continued their fine run of form, beating East Fife 1-0 at Links Park to move into the play-off places. Montrose have now won 10 of their last 13 matches, with Steeves playing a key role in the success.

RM: Connor Smith (Cowdenbeath)
Smith, on loan from Hearts, was named man of the match as the Blue Brazil earned an impressive 3-1 win over Annan Athletic at Central Park to stay third in the League 2 table. The 17-year-old scored a good goal and contributed a great assist from the right wing as the Blue Brazil raced into a 3-0 half-time lead.

CM: Dylan Tait (Raith Rovers)
The teenager ended 2019 with a goal in Rovers’ 5-3 win at East Fife and scored their first of 2020 as John McGlynn’s men beat Peterhead 2-1 at Stark’s Park to stay two points clear of Airdrie at the top of Ladbrokes League 1. It was a special strike from Tait, who lashed the ball home from 30 yards as Raith beat the Blue Toon in Kirkcaldy for the fourth time this season.

CM: Morgaro Gomis (Falkirk)
Declan McManus rightly earned plaudits for scoring twice in Falkirk's 3-0 home win over Dumbarton - a result that keeps them three points behind League 1 leaders Raith Rovers - but the experienced Gomis was named man of the match, pulling the strings in the middle of the park.

LM: Jamie Masson (Cove Rangers)
Two hat-tricks elsewhere on Saturday just kept Cove striker Mitch Megginson out of this team after he scored twice in the 5-1 thrashing of Brechin City. There is a place, though, for former Aberdeen midfielder Masson. He was excellent for Paul Hartley's side, netting twice as they ran riot at Glebe Park to stay two points ahead of Edinburgh City at the summit of League 2.

FW: Darryl Duffy (Stirling Albion)
Signed from Airdrie in the summer, Duffy bagged a first-half hat-trick as the Binos beat Albion Rovers 3-0 at the Reigart Stadium to move to within four points of the promotion play-offs. It was the 35-year-old's first treble in British football - he did get one while playing in India - and for that he is this week's star man.

FW: David Goodwillie (Clyde)
Only Lawrence Shankland has scored more SPFL goals than David Goodwillie this season. He took his League 1 tally to 16 thanks to a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw against Stranraer at Broadwood. Danny Lennon's side played for 70 minutes with 10 men after Barry Cuddihy was sent off but Goodwillie’s exploits earned them a point.