Dublin’s Senior Footballers deservedly take the lion’s share spots on this week’s GAA.ie Team Of The Week

Team Of The Week

The dust has settled on the weekend’s proceedings. Most of Dublin’s enormous throng of supporters went back to work today, and the hunt for those elusive All Ireland Final Tickets will begin in earnest.

But what a game we were served up on Saturday evening in Croke Park. A tight and edgy opening 35 minutes transformed into one of the greatest displays of football ever seen at GAA Headquarters.

Mayo would have been entitled to feel good about themselves at the break. But there’s absolutely no way James Horan and his panel knew what would hit them after they returned from the dressing rooms under the Hogan Stand.

Dublin second have response was utterly stunning. The gears all clicked, as they ruled all the kickouts, controlled every aerial exchange, and rolled up towards the Davin end like a tsunami.

In seventeen minutes they had turned a two point deficit into a ten point lead in devastating fashion. Mayo’s response was a consolatory goal from Lee Keegan, but it was never going to be enough.

And as a result of their performance GAA.ie have named seven of Jim Gavin’s team as part of this week’s Football Team Of The Week.

Stephen Cluxton:

it’s Fair to say the florescent gloves between the sticks never looked troubled and the Dublin keeper was flawless, albeit a slight blip on his sheet by the Keegan goal. but of the four keepers in action this weekend, they couldn’t possibly have given the slot to anyone else.

Jonny Cooper:

The Na Fianna man again was on point, limiting Cillian O’Connor to one single point from play. Cooper’s edgy style puts him a cut above other backs. Definitely a contender for an All Star.

James McCarthy:

Another brilliant shift from the Ballymun Kickhams man. And while he was kept quiet by Mayo in the opening half, he reinstated his amazing ball carrying on the restart and was the leader he has become known to be.

Brian Howard:

Stephen Coen did quote a number on Howard in the first half. But like McCarthy the second half created a similar monster. It’s a joy to watch the skill of this Raheny man, and his movement both on and off the ball.

Brian Fenton:

Without a doubt the best midfielder in the country (by a country mile). Was contained in the first half, but like his team mates absorbed everything and ran the show for the second session. Great finish for the goal.

Con O’Callaghan:

We have now words. Well, that’s not true, we do. If you needed a reminder of this man’s skill set, speed and outright power, you got it!! Another player not to drop their head after the first half performance. Ended the game with two fantastic goal strikes. Already looking forward to seeing him in the final.

Paul Mannion:

Could’ve had a goal early on but blasted it overthe bar. Then fired over again right away after a poor Rob Hennelly kickout. Finished with five superb scores. A different class.

GAA.ie Football Team of the Week

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)
2. Chris Barrett (Mayo)
3. Jonny Cooper (Dublin)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry)
5. James McCarthy (Dublin)
6. Colm Boyle (Mayo)
7. Brian Howard (Dublin)
8. David Moran (Kerry)
9. Brian Fenton (Dublin)
10. Stephen O’Brien (Kerry)
11. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)
12. Paul Geaney (Kerry)
13. David Clifford (Kerry)
14. Cathal McShane (Tyrone)
15. Paul Mannion (Dublin)