Sunday 30 April 2017

Gaelic football team of the week

Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin, in action against Gavin Doogan, left, and Owen Duffy
Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin, in action against Gavin Doogan, left, and Owen Duffy
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Unsurprisingly, Dublin dominate this week's team more than half of the first XV coming from Jim Gavin's side

Here's the lineup:

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

Kickouts were largely uncontested  and was rarely troubled. Even did a Manuel Neuer impression in snuffing out one attack.

2. Colin Walshe (Monaghan)

Typically brave and physical performance from Walshe who kept Bernard Brogan on a tight lease and was man-of-the-match in the first 25 minutes before the floodgates opened.


3. Rory O'Carroll (Dublin)

Dealt adequately with Conor McManus who had an off day with the boot. Read the ball very well and attacked from the front.

4. Philly McMahon (Dublin)

Always seemed to be on the ball and he was assured in possession. Abrasive when necessary.

5. James McCarthy (Dublin)

Endless running had the Monaghan players chasing shadows. Limitless engine.


6. Jonny Cooper (Dublin)

Doubt remains over his long-term future in the number six jersey but had a fine game even though his kick passing was loose at times.

7. Aaron Kernan (Armagh)

His second half point and pinpoint pass for Michael Murray to score were things of beauty. Looked like the Aaron Kernan of old.

8. Neil Gallagher (Donegal)

A powerhouse in midfield who continuously won Armagh kickouts in the second half. A calming presence.


9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)

Delivers the same barnstorming performances whenever he lines out and this was no exception. Dick Clerkin unlucky to miss out.

10. Paul Flynn (Dublin)

His importance to Jim Gavin's setup can't be understated. Broke Monaghan spirits.

11. Dean Rock (Dublin)

All four starting centre forwards got the curly finger on Saturday so it proved too difficult to go for one of them and Rock had the most impact from the bench.

12. Tony Kernan (Armagh)

Very evasive and a danger throughout. Two late misses from distance shouldn't take from a terrific display.


13. Alan Brogan (Dublin)

Overshadowed his younger brother for a change these days. Rolling back the years.

14. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

A colossus. If Donegal are to stay within striking distance of the Dubs he needs to show even more.


15. Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

The right man in the right place to kick the winner and another who could use his size to good effect against the Dubs.

Any glaring omissions? Let us know in the comments section below.

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