Football Team of the Week: Eight different counties represented
The All-Ireland football Championship is in full swing after games across all provinces this weekend. Cork appear back from the dead with a win over Tipperary while shock wins in Leinster saw Carlow and Longford overcome Kildare and Meath respectively.
Elsewhere, Laois, Dublin, Roscommon and Down all breezed into their respective next rounds as we saw some brilliant individual performances across the country.
Here is your team of the week:
1. Mark White (Cork)
Cork seem to have found a gem in Mark White. The keeper made his debut against Tipperary this weekend and pulled off a number of saves to keep the Rebels firmly in the driving seat. The game could have been much closer at half-time if it weren’t for two one-on-one saves from White leaving Cork 1-8 to 0-4 up.
2. Kevin Crowley (Cork)
Cork’s defence looked unbreachable at times this weekend, owing much to their full-back line. Crowley kept an exiting Tipp full-forward line to just two points from play.
3. Jamie O’Sullivan (Cork)
Joins Crowley in the full-back line after a stellar performance on Michael Quinlivan. The all-star full forward turned him once forcing a great save from White but other than that he was very well controlled by O’Sullivan.
4. Conor Lawlor (Carlow)
The first of the Carlowmen the cut after their historic win over Kildare. Not only did Lawlor keep Éanna O’Connor scorless he also scored a goal in injury time which sealed his sides first win over the Lillywhites since 1953.
5. Daniel Mimnagh (Longford)
Mimnagh starred in a dominant Longford wing-back line for their first Championship win over Meath in 36 years. He also managed to get an all-important point on the board in what ended up a two-point game.
6. Jonny Cooper (Dublin)
Cooper was a rock in Dublin’s defence against a battling Wicklow. While the Dubs never struggled, the Na Fianna clubman showed his class yet again as he insured Wicklow didn’t spring any surprises on the All-Ireland champions.
7. Caolan Mooney (Down)
Down eased into victory against Antrim this weekend, largely down to the combination of Caolan Mooney and Peter Turley. Mooney was solid in defence and gave Down a platform to attack.
8. Peter Turley (Down)
Dominated proceedings in the midfield for Down. Frustrated Antrim from kickouts and deserved his Man of the Match appointment.
9. Brian Fenton (Dublin)
Perhaps the best performer of the weekend, Fenton lorded the midfield and contributed 1-3 to the Dublin scoresheet in a Man of the Match display.
10. James McGivney (Longford)
Was outstanding with four points from play. One point was blasted over the crossbar and could have been a goal but his tally was imperative to Longford’s success.
11. Paul Kingston (Laois)
A Second half hattrick from Kingston was the winning difference for John Sugrue’s men. Two point from play topped off a fine performance for the centre forward.
12. Ethan Bradley (Derry)
A solid performance in defeat for Bradly saw him notch eight points. While Derry lost on a score line of 2-16 to 0-16, they can be happy with their progress and Bradley can be proud of his display.
13. Paul Broderick (Carlow)
Broderick put in yet another stand-out performance for Carlow as they saw off Kildare. Broderick’s 11 left footed points saw Turlough O'Brien’s men over the line.
14. Luke Connolly (Cork)
The 26-year-old kicked 10 points in a brilliant individual display. Five of the Nemo Rangers' man's scores came from play.
15. Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)
Recovered from his absence of form against Cavan to fire Donegal into the Ulster final. McBrearty was untouchable for his five points from play and showed why he is considered one of the best footballers in the country.