Poll: Who gets your vote for the footballer of the weekend?
Published 18/05/2015 | 11:34
Who was the best player with an O'Neill's in his hands over the weekend? You decide.
Karl Lacey (Donegal)
Leadership counts for so much in games like this and no one offered more than Lacey, who embellished it with an uncanny ability to plug gaps.
Would Tyrone have won if they had a more reliable free-taker? Darren McCurry missed three scoreable frees, while Sean Cavanagh dropped one short
Paul Conroy (Galway)
The big midfielder had a solidly efficient game that on a day of such widespread mediocrity just about distinguished him above the rest. Honourable mention goes to Galway goalkeeper Brian O'Donoghue.
Colm P Smyth (Longford)
The wing-back stood out with a point from play in each half, including the leveller six minutes from time. Niall Darby and Johnny Moloney impressed for Offaly, but Smyth was a class apart.
John Heslin (Westmeath)
Heslin was pushed hard by Ray Connellan but he had a hand in two of the goals and landed nine points (three from play) in very difficult conditions for kicking.
Brendan Quigley (Laois)
The Timahoe man gave an exhibition at midfield, dominating in the air and using the ball well when in possession. His midfield partner John O'Loughlin also impressed with 0-3, while Donie Kingston was in good form up front as well.