It was another important week in the All-Ireland SFC as four counties made their bids to make the last four of the competition and book semi-finals in 2-3 weeks’ time.
In the opening reigning Ulster Champions were knocked out by Mayo on a score of 0-13 to 0-12, while All Ireland Champions, Dublin got the better of Donegal 1-15 to 1-09 in a sold out Croke Park.
So after the two games at the weekend, I have come up with the SportsNews Ireland team of the week which can be seen below.
1 David Clarke (Mayo)-kept a clean sheet and made some vital saves as he helped Mayo defeat Tyrone
2 Philly McMahon (Dublin)-The Ballymun man was excellent in defence and kept tight ropes on Paddy McBrearty, while he also kicked a fine point in the opening half.
3 Jonny Cooper (Dublin) – stuck to his task on Michael Murphy very well, becoming a solid number 3 now.
4 Paddy McGrath (Donegal)-was excellent for Donegal, going forward on the counter attack was hard to stop.
5 Lee Keegan (Mayo)-kicked two important points for Mayo in a man of the match performance.
6 Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo)-although McLoughlin was selected to pick at wing forward he was mostly in the half back line operating as sweeper, he done quite well.
7 John Small (Dublin)-another Dub, who played very well. He stopped the threat of the Donegal counter attack and was good going forward.
8 Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)-kicked three fine points, easily Tyrone’s best player on show.
9 Aidan O’Shea (Mayo) – caused problems for Tyrone throughout and his aerial presence will threaten Tipperary next time out.
10 Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)-he had 52 possessions in 70 minutes, The Castleknock man was the heartbeat of the Dublin side.
11 Peter Harte (Tyrone)-surely a contender now for Footballer of the Year, he kicked some fine scores when Tyrone needed them most.
12 Kevin McMenamon (Dublin) – so often the hero for Dublin, McMenamon kicked over three points from play in an excellent display.
13 Cillian O’Connor (Mayo) – getting better with every game he is playing, finding form at the right stage of the championship.
14 Andy Moran (Mayo) – Moran was terrific setting up scores and creating attacks for Mayo.
15 Paul Mannion (Dublin) – brought on in the second half by Jim Gavin. His goal wrapped up the game for Dublin.