Saturday 24 March 2018 GAA Team of the Weekend

Aidan O'Shea and Conor McManus
Aidan O'Shea and Conor McManus
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Two All-Ireland qualifiers and three provincial deciders over the past two days but who has made our team of the weekend.

1. Rory Beggan (Monaghan)

The big custodian was protected behind a well marshalled defence and dealt with most obstacles well. Braved a quad injury to see out the game.


2. Shane Enright (Kerry)

Enright put the shackles on Brian Hurley and never took them off. No mean feat.


3. Vinny Corey (Monaghan)

The no-nonsense defender made Michael Murphy, one of the finest footballers of his generation, a peripheral figure in the Ulster final.

Moinaghan's Vincent Corey in a tangle with Donegal captain Michael Murphy during the Ulster Football Final at St Tiernach's Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

4. Dessie Mone (Monaghan)

Scored a huge first half point and tackled tenaciously when the Farney men were under the cosh.


5. Peter Harte (Tyrone)

One of the performances of the weekend. Scored two brilliant first half points and made an amazing block as Tyrone choked the life out of Tipp.


6. Brian O'Driscoll (Cork)

O'Driscoll has a emerged as a real leader for the Rebels. Read the game well and carried brilliantly in a terrific number six display.

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David Moran, Kerry, in action against Brian O’Driscoll, Cork

7. Garry O'Donnell (Galway)

The Galway wing-back got on a lot of priceless breaking ball and his 51st minute point was pivotal. Donegal's Frank McGlynn was unlucky to miss out.


8. David Moran (Kerry)

Moran nullified the influence of Alan O'Connor, who had dominated the middle third in the drawn game, and proved just how important he is to Eamonn Fitzmaurice.


9. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

A Rolls Royce of a footballer. Donnelly showed his skill with points off either foot in a second half tour de force.

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Mattie Donnelly, Tyrone, in action against Paddy Codd, Tipperary. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 3B

10. Gary Sice (Galway)

His free-taking was the difference on a day when Derry were left to rue ill-discipline and the referees whistle.


11. Mark Collins (Cork)

Collins had 31 possessions in the game and worked his socks off. Boundless energy.


12. Diarmuid O'Connor (Mayo)

His hard-running was too much for Sligo to handle and could be the scoring wing-forward that Mayo have been looking for. He can help take the burden of his brother Cillian along with Mr O'Shea.


13. James O'Donoghue (Kerry)

Sacrificed himself with endless movement inside the Cork blanket. Probably didn't merit the man of the match award but that shouldn't detract from a good display.


14. Aidan O'Shea (Mayo)

Yesterday's performance will alter how Mayo play and how others approach playing them. 3-4 from play says it all.

Aidan O'Shea, Mayo, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal. Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Mayo v Sligo, Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

15 Conor McManus (Monaghan)

If Donegal couldn't stop him... who can? Neil McGee is rarely bettered but he was second best yesterday.

Conor McManus celebrates a point at St Tiernach's Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

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