HS football team of the week

July 02, 2018

A 'Newbridge or Nowhere' mural is painted on a wall outside St. Conleth's Park before the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers round 3 clash between Kildare and Mayo.
©INPHO/James Crombie.

After round 3 of the qualifiers, Kildare, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone are left standing in the Sam Maguire Cup race. Check out who made our football team of the week…

1. Rory Beggan (Monaghan)

Pulled off a fine save to deny Ryan O'Rourke an early goal in Carrick-on-Shannon and made the scoresheet with two placed balls.

2. Paddy Maguire (Leitrim)

Can be pleased with his individual performance after restricting Conor McManus to two points from play.

3. David Hyland (Kildare)

The Mayo forwards were made to work extremely hard for any scores they got by Hyland and his defensive team-mates.  

4. Peter Kelly (Kildare)

Roamed forward to kick a point and carried out his defensive duties to the letter of the law.

5. Tiernan McCann (Tyrone)

Marked his return to the team from suspension with two points in the round 3 win over Cavan at Brewster Park.

6. Frank Burns (Tyrone)

The Red Hands centre-back also got forward to kick two valuable points.

7. Paddy Durcan (Mayo)

No finger of blame for Mayo's championship exit can be pointed in Durcan's direction as he was superb throughout the entertaining Newbridge clash and sent over four points.

8. Gary Brennan (Clare)

It was very much a case of so near and yet so far for Brennan and the Banner County in the Athletic Grounds.

9. Gearoid McKiernan (Cavan)

Took the fight to Tyrone and pulled off a number of trademark high catches, also contributed five points to his team's cause.

10. Paul Cribbin (Kildare)

The all-action Johnstownbridge player got through an enormous amount of work against Mayo and kicked four points from play for good measure.

11. Niall Sludden (Tyrone)

Evaded the attention of the Breffni County's defence on a number of occasions and punished them with three points from play.

12. Diarmuid O'Connor (Mayo)

Like Durcan, O'Connor emptied the tank for his county but it wasn't to be on this occasion.

13. Conor McCarthy (Monaghan)

Top scored for the Farney County against Leitrim with 1-3 (1-1 from play) and they now look forward to a round 4 clash with Laois.

14. Rory Grugan (Armagh)

With their backs very much against the wall, captain Grugan came up trumps with six points for the Orchard County.

15. David Tubridy (Clare)

The experienced forward pick-pocketed Armagh to the tune of 1-2 but that will be of little consolation to him this week.

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