Saturday 16 December 2017

Revealed: Axed Mayo goalkeeper Clarke lands All-Star but Dubs star McManamon misses out

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

David Clarke endured major disappointment when he was dropped for the All-Ireland final replay, but there was some compensation for the Mayo man when he was named the football All-Star goalkeeper.

Clarke started and finished the championship as understudy to Rob Hennelly but played in the six matches between the defeat to Galway in Connacht and the replayed All-Ireland final, for which he was dropped.

The selectors handed Clarke his first award following his series of significant saves in Mayo's run to the final, with Tipperary's Evan Comerford and Dublin's Stephen Cluxton losing out.

Mayo are awarded four All-Stars but none of their forwards are recognised with defenders Brendan Harrison, Colm Boyle and Lee Keegan also picking up awards. All-Ireland champions Dublin pick up six gongs. Jonny Cooper, Philly McMahon, Dean Rock and Diarmuid Connolly join Footballer of the Year nominees Ciaran Kilkenny and Brian Fenton in the team.

Read more: Just missed the cut: Six players who were unlucky to be denied All Stars in 2016

Tyrone are next on the list with two winners in Mattie Donnelly and Peter Harte. Kerry (Paul Geaney), Tipperary (Michael Quinlivan) and Donegal (Ryan McHugh) make up the remainder of the selection.

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McHugh's award means his family join the Brogans of Dublin as the second family to have a father and two sons win All-Stars.

The hurling award winners will be announced at a ceremony tomorrow night, along with the Hurler and Footballer of the Year.

There were second All Star awards for Philly McMahon (2015), Mattie Donnelly (2015), Ciaran Kilkenny (2015), Brian Fenton (2015) and Diarmuid Connolly (2014), while Mayo duo Boyle and Keegan picked up their third and fourth award respectively.

2016 Football All-Stars - David Clarke (Mayo); Brendan Harrison (Mayo), Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Philly McMahon (Dublin); Lee Keegan (Mayo), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Ryan McHugh (Donegal); Brian Fenton (Dublin), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone); Peter Harte (Tyrone), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin); Dean Rock (Dublin), Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary), Paul Geaney (Kerry).

Irish Independent

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