Sunday 11 December 2016

Lee Keegan beats out Dublin stars to take home 2016 Footballer of the Year

Published 04/11/2016 | 19:53

Lee Keegan
Lee Keegan

Mayo's Lee Keegan bounced back from his All-Ireland final disappointment to scoop the Footballer of the Year award at tonight's GAA/GPA All Stars banquet.

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The 27-year-old picked up his fourth All Star award on the night, as well as taking home the sport's top individual prize at Dublin's Convention Centre. Keegan beat out Dublin star Brian Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny to take home the prize.

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The wing back perfectly balanced his defensive duties with attacking raids into the opposition half, bottling up Sean Cavanagh, Michael Quinlivan and Diarmuid Connolly while also kicking a number of scores himself in the All-Ireland series.

Keegan joins Peter Canavan (1995), Stephen McDonnell (2003) and Bernard Brogan (2010) in winning the Player of the Year award without winning that year's All-Ireland title.Fenton was one of six Dublin All Stars on the night, joining team-mates Jonny Cooper, Philly McMahon, Diarmuid Connolly, Ciaran Kilkenny and Dean Rock in the team.

Mayo had four selections, with David Clarke, Lee Keegan, Brendan Harrison and Colm Boyle getting the nod. The other players included were Tyrone duo Mattie Donnelly and Peter Harte, Tipperary's Michael Quinlivan, Donegal's Ryan McHugh and Kerry's Paul Geaney.

Mayo forward Diarmuid O'Connor was presented with the Young Footballer of the Year award for the second straight year, emulating brother Cillian who also scooped the award on two occasions.

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