Monday 26 September 2016

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

Published 18/05/2015 | 15:01

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

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

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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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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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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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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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5. Colm P Smyth (Longford)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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