Sunday 24 September 2017

Championship 2015: Players from seven counties included in our Team of the Weekend

Both Michael Murphy and Justin McMahon could have been closer to making the line-up had it not been for their running battle
Both Michael Murphy and Justin McMahon could have been closer to making the line-up had it not been for their running battle
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Seven counties are represented in the Team of the Weekend as they football championship kicked into gear in three of the four provinces.

1. Michael O'Neill (Tyrone)

O'Neill performed brilliantly in Niall Morgan's absence and was desperately unlucky for Martin McElhinney's goal that proved the difference.

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Donegal and Tyrone was undoubtedly the biggest game of the weekend

2. Niall Darby (Offaly)

The Rhode player was left exposed in the third quarter of the game but had been impressive up until that point when the Faithful men looked on course for victory.

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25 April 2015; Niall Darby, Offaly, in action against Ross McNerney, Longford. Allianz Football League, Division 4, Final, Longford v Offaly. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

3. Neil McGee (Donegal)

The epitome of a no-nonsense display. The best full-back in the game at the moment.

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17 May 2015; Neil McGee, Donegal celebrates at the final whistle. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Preliminary Round, Donegal v Tyrone. MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

4.Cathal McCarron (Tyrone)

Given the very difficult personal journey he has been on, McCarron rose to the occasion with a polished display on and off the ball.

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Cathal McCarron, Tyrone, in action against Michael Conroy, Mayo

5. Colm P Smyth (Longford)

A point from play in each half was the least his tireless running deserved.

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5 July 2014; Colm Smyth, Longford. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Round 2A, Tipperary v Longford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

6. Karl Lacey (Donegal)

Lacey proved himself to be a Rolls Royce of a footballer once more. Essential when Donegal transition from defence to attack.

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Karl Lacey, Donegal, in action against Colm Cavanagh, Tyrone. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Preliminary Round, Donegal v Tyrone. MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

7. Frank McGlynn (Donegal)

McGlynn was composed throughout in Ballbofey and popped up in the right places and, more importantly, did the right thing when he was there.

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Donegal players Frank McGlynn, Michael Murphy and Mark McHugh in conversation during the game

8. Paul Conroy (Galway)

Six points, one from play, was a good return for Conroy in blustery conditions. His forward division will need to be more potent against Mayo.

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17 May 2015; Paul Conroy, Galway, in action against Gary Reynolds, Leitrim. Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Leitrim v Galway. Parc Sean Mac Diarmada. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE

9. Brendan Quigley (Laois)

Dominated the aerial tussles in the middle third from the throw-in to the shrill blast of the final whistle. His midfield partner John O'Loughlin chipped in with three points.

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16 May 2015; Darragh Foley, Carlow, in action against Brendan Quigley, Laois. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Round 1, Carlow v Laois, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

10. Ray Connellan (Westmeath)

Finished with 1-2 to his name and was a constant thorn in Louth's side.

11. Odhran Mac Niallais (Donegal)

The Gweedore man began very brightly and was cool on the ball. Petered out after the break but showing huge potential for a 22-year-old.

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Odhran Mac Niallais, Donegal, gets to the ball ahead of Cork's Brian O'Driscoll

12. Dessie Reynolds (Longford)

A star of the Longford under-21 side, Reynolds kicked two precious scores under pressure when Jack Sheedy's men had their foot to the throttle. Could start against the Dubs.

13. Brian Kavanagh (Longford)

Kavanagh ended the game with five points. His only effort from play was a peach as he guided his right-foot effort over with the aid of the gale.

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16 May 2015; Brian Kavanagh, Longford, celebrates after the final whistle. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Round 1, Offaly v Longford, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

14. John Heslin (Westmeath)

A nine-point haul, three from play, and had  a hand in two of Westmeath's three goals. Very unselfish player and a real leader for Tom Cribben.

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5 April 2015; John Heslin, Westmeath. Allianz Football League, Division 2, Round 7, Westmeath v Roscommon. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

15. Donie Kingston (Laois)

Kingston didn't get much resistance on the way to scoring 1-5. Will have things much tougher against Kildare.

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Donal Kingston, Laois, in action against Benny Kavanagh, Carlow (Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE)

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