HS Football Team of the Week

04 February 2013

The hoganstand.com 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. Hoganstand.com 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.