GAA Football team of the week

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With wins for Dublin, Down and Leitrim this weekend, here is our Championship Football team of the week.

1. Neil Gallagher (Louth)
Louth’s best player by far. Not his fault for either goal and pulled off some great stops.

2. Philly McMahon (Dublin)
Probably the best game to make his return in. Pace and skill in droves although will face tougher assignments.

3. Barry Owens (Fermanagh)
A great player in a bad team. Exceptional under the high ball and marshalled the defence well.

4. Barry Gilleran (Longford)
Pressurised the opposition from the start and ensured that the defence showed maximum commitment.

5. Adrian Flynn (Wexford)
Five points from play from the man who normally plays in the forward line at club level. Attacked the space and scored with both feet. A nightmare for the opposition.

6. Kevin McKernan (Down)
He turned into an attacking force after the Fermanagh sending off as he pushed up the field into a position of playmaker. Carried a lot of ball, took his time in probing the mass opposition defence and his quick hands in particular were key to unlocking it. Looked a natural leader.

7. Aidan Branagan (Down)
His punch aside, he was one of the best players on the field, with mazy runs and helped his midfield assert dominance.

8. Paddy Keenan (Louth)
Gave Fennell a torrid time in the midfield area. Hard work and determination aplenty in a side that had given up at half-time.

9. Denis Bastick (Dublin)
A late call-up for the injured MacAuley, Bastick got forward when possible and provided crucial links. Not the best afternoon in the midfield but a long way better than his midfield partner.

10. Paul Flynn (Dublin)
Lots of running in the half-forward line. Not as impactful as he can be but a good contribution on the day and will only get better.

11. Alan Brogan (Dublin)
Dublin’s playmaker didn’t have to be at his sparkling best to unravel Louth but showed glimpses of why he is the best link man in the game. Some lovely passes.

12. Paul Barden (Longford)
Can spot the right pass effortlessly, excellent worker and a deserved second goal.

13. Conor Laverty (Down)
In the absence of Coulter, he stepped up marvellously. Never gave the opposition a minute’s peace and put in a real shift up front.

14. Kevin McManamon (Dublin)
Pace, vision, skill, all he was missing was a deserved goal. Will cause better defences to tremble as championship progresses.

15. Bernard Brogan (Dublin)
Excellent finish for his first goal after a few poor opening frees. 2-3 from play and nowhere near his best says it all.

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