HS hurling team of the week

March 26, 2018

The Westmeath players take to the field before their Allianz HL final clash against Carlow at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.
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Wexford and Tipperary advanced to the last four this year's league competition while Carlow will be mixing it with the big boys in Division 1 next year. Here's our hurling team of the week...

1. Paddy Carroll (Westmeath)

Westmeath's margin of defeat in the Division 2A decider against Carlow would have been greater were it not for some top drawer saves from their number one.

2. Michael Doyle (Carlow)

Doyle and the Barrowsiders emulated their footballing counterparts by securing promotion at the Lake County's expense.

3. Liam Ryan (Wexford)

The Model County's full-back got in on the scoring with a point in Saturday's Innovate Wexford Park thriller.

4. Eoghan O'Donnell (Dublin)

Dublin enjoyed a bright start to their Croke Park last eight clash with Tipperary before fading badly.

5. Diarmuid O'Keeffe (Wexford)

The Wexford half-back sent over three points from distance as Davy Fitzgerald's side dethroned the league champions.

6. David English (Carlow)

The Westmeath forwards got little change out of English and his defensive colleagues.

7. Paudie Foley (Wexford)

Foley finished with five points to his name (three from placed balls) in his team's 1-23 to 0-23 success.

8. Johnny Coen (Galway)

Coen put his shoulder to wheel and found the target with three points but the All-Ireland champions just came up short on this occasion.

9. Rory O'Connor (Wexford)

Along with his older brother Jack, the exceptional Rory contributed handsomely to Wexford's confidence boosting win.

10. Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)

The former All-Star raised three white flags in Pat Gilroy's side's heavy defeat to the Premier County.

11. John McGrath (Tipperary)

McGrath was Dublin's main tormentor-in-chief and contributed 1-4 to his county's cause.

12. Martin Kavanagh (Carlow)

Kavanagh's accuracy from placed balls was a key ingredient in Carlow's winning formula - he finished with 1-9 to his name in O'Moore Park. 

13. Conor Whelan (Galway)

The Wexford defence struggled to cope with the Galway number 13 who found the target with five points from play.

14. Conor McDonald (Wexford) 

McDonald's first-half goal separated the sides at the final whistle and he also hit two crucial late points.

15. Jason Forde (Tipperary)

Forde continued his rich vein of scoring form with a return of 0-9 (7 frees) in Croke Park yesterday.


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