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HS Football Team of the Week

04 February 2013

The team of the week for the opening round of the National Football League.
After the shadow boxing of the subsidiary competitions, the gaelic football season cranked up a gear over the weekend with the start of the Allianz Football Leagues. picks its Football Team of the Week.

1. Manus Breathnach (Galway)

The Tribesmen's netminder pulled off a fine save to deny Enda Lynn as the home side got the better of Derry at Pearse Stadium.

2. Ger Cafferky (Mayo)

Cafferkey and his defensive colleagues continued where they left off in 2012 and can take great satisfaction from their achievement in holding Kerry scoreless during the second half of their encounter at Castlebar.

3. Conor Gormley (Tyrone)

Gormley, as per usual, rolled up the sleeves to help Tyrone make a winning start on their return to the top flight at the expense of Down.

4. Keith Higgins (Mayo)

Like Cafferky, Higgins made life uncomfortable for the Kerry forwards.

5. Darren Strong (Laois)

The O'Moore County defender roamed forward to kick two points against manager Justin McNulty's nativeArmagh in Portlaoise.

6. Darren Hughes (Monaghan)

Hughes was one of the stars of Monaghan's 12-point drubbing of Meath in Clone and scored his side's goal in the 48th minute.

7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

The young Dub has made a seamless transition from underage to senior intercounty.

8. Aidan O'Shea (Mayo)

O'Shea dominated the midfield exchanges against the Kerry pair of Anthony Maher and Johnny Buckley.

9. Michael Finneran (Roscommon)

Finneran laid the foundations for Roscommon's Connacht derby win over Sligo at Dr Hyde Park.

10. Conor Murray (Antrim)

Murray was on target with three points from play in Antrim's Division 3 win over Cavan at home.

11. Paddy Andrews (Dublin)

Andrews has been given a second chance by Jim Gavin and he repaid his manager's faith in him with five points against the league holders.

12. Niall Kelly (Kildare)

The Athy youngster proved once again that he his well capable of competing at the very top level with a performance against the All-Ireland champions that belied his tender age.

13. Michael Meehan (Galway)

Galway supporters will be keeping their fingers cross that Michael Meehan can steer clear of injury as he underlined, once again, against Derry how important he is to their prospects.

14. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

No blame for Saturday's opening round defeat to Kildare can be pointed at Murphy who sent over nine points - four from play - against the Lilywhites

15. Conor McManus (Monaghan)

McManus carried on his fine early season form when scoring eight points - six from play - against Meath.


It is clear that ye did not take all of the games into consideration over the weekend.

Dj, Westmeath on 04/02/2013 at 15:442646

i watched the tv games and was at the westmeath vlouth game the best performance
given by anyone was paul sharry the westeath centre back but then again he's not from a big county typical hogan stand bias

mickcunningham, westmeath on 04/02/2013 at 15:472647

Obviously the people who selected this team weren't in Mullingar yesterday.I was in Croke park on Saturday for both games and have to say the displays of John Heslin and Callum McCormack for Westmeath in Mullingar yesterday were as good as and better than most of what I saw in Dublin

Thechick on 04/02/2013 at 17:072652

i watched the tv games and was at the westmeath vlouth game the best performance
given by anyone was paul sharry the westeath centre back but then again he's not from a big county typical hogan stand bias

yead, because by picking a monaghan center back they clearly went with the "big county"

pman, monaghan on 04/02/2013 at 17:542654

I wonder could hogan stand tell us who they thought played well in the Limerick v Leitrim match? Not a clue I would imagine. Stop naming 'team of the week' if only some matches are taken into account. Also, will there be a team of the week in hurling? If so can we expect the same level picking?

Lishtonator, Limerick on 05/02/2013 at 00:292657

John o rourke. First start for cork. 3 points from play and set up the first goal with a killer pass....

Open you eyes...

Shane, Cork on 05/02/2013 at 22:102662

Well it's clear you didn't watch all the games at the weekend! Shane Mernagh for Carlow in centre back was incredible! The skill, strength and competitiveness he showed was a true pleasure to watch!! Wake up Hogan stand and consider watching the up and coming! He is a true sportsman and did Carlow proud!

Lourda, Galway on 07/02/2013 at 19:302682

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