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Gaelic Football Team Of The Week: Cavan & Donegal Dominate

Another great weekend in the Gaelic Football Championship as Cavan qualified for a first Ulster final in 18 years where they will meet an on-fire Donegal outfit. 

As expected, Dublin strolled into the Leinster final where they will meet Meath who had 11 points to spare over Laois in Croke Park.

Here is our team of the week.

1. Shaun Patton (Donegal)

A launchpad for every Donegal attack in their win over Tyrone on Saturday. Made two wonderful saves to keep a clean sheet and consistently found a yellow shirt with his kick-outs. Can spot his League of Ireland experience from a mile away. A great asset for Donegal.

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2. Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin)

Solid as a rock. Dublin’s full-back was caused problems by Tyrrell and McCormack but O’Sullivan is a consistent Rolls Royce player. Won 50-50 ball, collected breaks and set up attacks. Always makes the right call.

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3. Conor McGill (Meath)

Tigerish full-back who performed well for Meath in Croke Park yesterday. Lifted the Royal support on a few occasions when breaking up the field with the ball. A solid afternoon’s outing for the Ratoath man.

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4. Conor Moynagh (Cavan)

Yet again, Moynagh was in inspirational form for the Breffni men as they qualified for a first Ulster final in 18 years. Made an outstanding block in the first half and kicked two booming points with the outside of the boot.

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5. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)

Probably the best wing-back in the country on his day. Bombed up and down Breffni Park all night on Saturday. I think the Tyrone men are still looking for him.

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6. Killian Clarke (Cavan)

Another inspirational Cavan figure on our team of the week. Kept Armagh’s danger-man, Andrew Murnin, almost anonymous throughout and kicked a booming first half score. One of Ulster’s finest.

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7. Eoghan Ban Gallagher (Donegal)

It’s a case of you can’t have one without the other when it comes to Donegal’s marauding wing-backs. Ban Gallagher was instrumental in Donegal’s early goal and continued to torment Tyrone all afternoon.

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8. Bryan Menton (Meath)

Meath’s joint-captain banged in two goals fit for any stage on Sunday as the Royals booked their spot in the Leinster final. His battle with Brian Fenton the next day out should be interesting.

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9. Gearoid McKiernan (Cavan)

Cavan needed their talisman to step up yesterday and he did ten-fold kicking 0-3 from play. A strong direct runner who is incredibly difficult to dispossess, an Ulster final appearance is the least his career deserves.

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10. Cormac Costello (Dublin)

Continued his 2019 All-Star form with 0-9 on Sunday as Dublin swatted aside Kildare’s challenge in Croke Park. Was lively from start to finish and deadly accurate both from play and frees.

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11. Dara McVeety (Cavan)

Yet again, McVeety will be waking up the most bruised man in Ireland today. He was everywhere for Cavan, kicked 0-4 from play and gave Armagh the runaround. Also on track for a 2019 All-Star given his form so far.

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12. Jamie Brennan (Donegal) 

Another guy with legitimate All-Star credentials going forward. 0-4 from play against Fermanagh, 1-3 against Tyrone. Brennan was a thorn in Tyrone’s side and a key element to Donegal’s victory.

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13. Stefan Campbell (Armagh)

Begrudgers would tell you that if you’re to put any Armagh player in here it should be Jamie Clarke and that’s a valid argument, he played his best game of the year so far, however, without Campbell’s introduction Armagh wouldn’t have competed yesterday meaning we wouldn’t have seen the best game of the summer.

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14. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

Midfield, full-forward, centre-forward, you could even put Michael Murphy in goals and he’d make our team. Donegal’s talisman was central to everything at the weekend and remains Donegal’s most important asset.

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15. James Conlon (Meath)

Kicked 0-5 in his first ever championship start as Meath qualified for the Leinster final. Was excellent throughout and a real find for the Royal County.

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