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Gaelic Football; Top Five Performers From The Weekend

There were only two football games last weekend but two of the better games of the year occurred between Clare and Roscommon along with Tipperary and Derry. Here we give our Top 5 performers from the weekend.

  1. Jamie Malone – Clare

The Clare wing-forward was a bundle of energy. He was most prominent in the first-half when the Banner needed to work hard to get the ball up the field. He put in a very good defensive shift in the second-half and showed great composure in front of goal to score what proved to be a vital goal in the first half.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 4A, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, Galway 23/7/2016 Clare vs Roscommon Clare's Jamie Malone with Enda Smith of Roscommon Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

  1. Josh Keane – Tipperary

Keane was one of the underrated players in Tipp’s win against Derry and is one of three number ten’s in the Top 5. His workrate was excellent in both halves and he kicked some vital points during the second-half period into a difficult breeze that really kept Tipp in the game.

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Fraher Field, Waterford 29/5/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Waterford's Michael Curry tackles Josh Keane of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

  1. Gary Brennan – Clare

A lot might expect Brennan to be number one but his impact on the game faltered significantly in the second-half. He was phenomenal in the first-half and was head and shoulders above the other players on the pitch. He was not as good in the second-half but his damage had been done by then.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 4A, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan 23/7/2016 Derry vs Tipperary Derry's Danny Heavron with Colm O'Shaughnessy of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

  1. Danny Heavron – Derry

Derry nearly pulled of a heroic comeback against Tipperary. If they had managed to win the game, they would have had to have been very grateful to their number ten, Danny Heavron, who had a phenomenal game. He was their main ball carrier into the wind in the first half and kicked some great points in the second.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 4A, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan 23/7/2016 Derry vs Tipperary Derry's Danny Heavron with Colm O'Shaughnessy of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

  1. Conor Sweeney – Tipperary

There were many contributing factors to the Premier’s win in Breffni Park but none was bigger than their number fifteen Conor Sweeney. The Ballyporeen man kicked five points from play including the clutch equaliser and winner in additional time. Without him, they would not have won.

Conor Sweeney celebrates kicking the winning point 23/7/2016

About Sean Cremin

Sean Cremin graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor of Education in Sports Studies and PE. A self-proclaimed 'pure G.A.A head', Sean recently made the transition from spluttering offline to writing online. Sean loves nothing more than a good debate and still hopes for Tebow to return.