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Football Team of the Week - Fermanagh and Monaghan dominate the XV after underdog wins

Rory Beggan, Seamus Quigley and Liam McGrath shone this weekend
Rory Beggan, Seamus Quigley and Liam McGrath shone this weekend
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

There were two shocks in the Ulster championship as Armagh's wait for an Ulster Championship win will go into a fifth year and Tyrone suffered their first provincial defeat since 2015.

Fermanagh used home advantage and a disciplined defensive system to good effect to condemn Kieran McGeeney's men to more Ulster woe while Malachy O'Rourke's Monaghan dethroned Mickey Harte's men.

There were facile wins in Munster for both Tipperary and Clare over Waterford and Limerick respectively.

Independent.ie Gaelic Football Team of the Week:

1. Rory Beggan (Monaghan)

Pat Spillane described as 'the best goalkeeper in the game' last night. Kicked four points from placed balls and was a commanding presence throughout.

2. Dessie Mone (Monaghan)

Marauded forward and kicked a point from an almost impossible angle. The 33-year-old really rolled back the years.

3. John Meagher (Tipperary)

He will get a much stiffer examination against Cork next weekend but didn't put a foot wrong against Waterford in Thurles.

4. Michael Jones (Fermanagh)

A very composed but physical display from the Fermanagh defender as they restricted Armagh to just seven points.

5. Karl O'Connell (Monaghan)

Assured in possession and teak-tough out of it. His tackle on Conor Meyler was one of the highlights of the game.

6. Vinny Corey (Monaghan)

Got on the end of a fine move to get Monaghan's crucial goal just before the interval but his overall display was very impressive.

7. Barry Mulrone (Fermanagh)

Mulrone tormented the Armagh defence with his fast-running and his fellow wing back Lee Cullen did likewise on the other side of the field.

8. Ryan Jones (Fermanagh)

He and his partner Eoin Donnelly completely dominated Armagh and his two points were just reward for his efforts.

9. Darren Hughes (Monaghan)

Monaghan had the lion's share of possession and that was down to their midfield thriving. Hughes was immense.

10: Kieran Malone (Clare)

Took his first half goal with aplomb and kicked three long range points from play.

11: Declan McCusker (Fermanagh)

McCusker was the creative spark in a fine Fermanagh performance. Armagh stood off him and paid the penalty.

12: Ryan McAnespie (Monaghan)

Arguably McAnespie's finest display in the blue and white. Ran himself to a standstill and was a thorn in Tyrone's side.

13: Seamus Quigley (Fermanagh)

The 29-year-old kicked six points on his full championship debut to maintain his impressive league form.

14: Liam McGrath (Tipperary)

On his first championship start, McGrath notched seven points, two from play, and showed a touch of class in possession.

15: Conor McManus (Monaghan)

His scarcely believable points towards the end the game illustrated his class. When Monaghan needed him late on, he delivered.

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