We’re down to the business end of the season as only eight teams remain in the race for Sam Maguire. So which players have impressed so far this championship? We take a look at some of the contenders for footballer of the year.
Shane Walsh (Galway)
Has a few man-of-the-match awards to his name as well as recently picking up the gong for footballer of the year for June. He is quickly becoming the player that Galway turn to and he is establishing himself as a real leader of this team. Galway may have had a poor performance against Kerry but Shane Walsh’s scores proved the difference for them as they did in throughout the Connacht championship, scoring 0-16 in their matches against Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon.
Paul Geaney (Kerry)
He had an unusually poor game against Galway in the first round of the Super 8’s but the 27-year-old is still one of the best and most in-form forwards in the country. In a relatively young and inexperienced Kerry side, he is now one of the most established player and is a known leader on and off the pitch. The Dingle man has scored an astonishing 2-14 in Kerry’s three appearances in the championship so far. It’s not just his scoring that he is famed for but also has incredible work rate.
Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)
Like Geaney, he also had an uncharacteristically poor game for Dublin in the opening round of the Super 8’s with a number of wides to his name but we all know what we can do. He is unbeatable under the high ball, he has shown great vision and he is lethal with ball in hand. The Castleknock player is such a rounded performer and his presence has really eased the loss of Diarmuid Connolly this season. Dublin have such depth that you wouldn’t say many players are indispensable but he is one of the few.
Eoghan Ban Gallagher (Donegal)
He might not have the finesse that the other contenders have at the moment but Gallagher is one of the most consistent defenders in the game at the moment and Donegal are hugely reliant on the Killybegs man. He has brought a number of different dimensions to his game this season, most prominently his ability to break forward and set up attacks. His pace is one of the key assets of this Donegal set-up.
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