Dublin are dominating Leinster, and nobody has a hope of beating them. So they say. The boys in Blue have won ten of the last eleven titles including two five-in-a-rows.
As part of a new weekly Tuesday Team Selection feature, we’ll look at picking topical teams to get people talking. This week we will pick the best fifteen in the Leinster Football Championship outside of Dublin. Other counties have fallen so far behind, we wonder what would happen if we put all of the rest together.
- Paddy O’Rourke – Meath
The Meath stopper may be better known for his tweets than his shot stopping to certain people, but he is a very good goalkeeper that has also spent time at full-forward for the Royal.
- Donal Keoghan – Meath
Keoghan is one of the leading defenders in Ireland and would be a welcome addition to most sides in the Leinster Football Championship. He was a Young Footballer of the Year nominee in 2012.
- Mark Timmons – Laois
The Laois man is close to a veteran at this stage. He has had a good career with his county and has been a big part of their team over the last few years.
- Ollie Lyons – Kildare
The Celbridge man has been a solid corner-back with the Lilywhites over recent seasons and has held his own against the likes of Bernard Brogan and Paddy Andrews.
- Kieran Martin – Westmeath
Martin may be better known for his scoring ability at the other end of the field but he was excellent for Westmeath last year as they looked to build towards the future.
- John O’Loughlin – Laois
Better known more recently for being sent off against Dublin last Saturday, O’Loughlin was one of the finest underage footballers in Ireland and played in an All-Ireland Under-21 final at number six when he was still a minor. He has spent time as a forward but we fit him in at the back.
- Emmet Bolton – Kildare
Bolton is a well-known footballer and at his best was one of the finest attacking wing-backs out there. He is pushing further forward as his career pushes on, but fits into this team at seven.
- Brendan Murphy – Carlow
Murphy made our Top 10 Footballers in the Leinster Championship last week and while he may play for one of the weaker counties, any panel in Ireland would be able to make use of his quality.
- Colm Begley – Laois
The Laois man who still manages to attend college in DCU is still slogging away with Laois having spent time in Australia. Begley is a fine footballer.
- Ryan Burns – Louth
Burns has been publicised as one of the best young talents around and was named on the Louth senior panel at the age of 17 two years ago. He kicked 1-7 in their opening round this year against Carlow.
- Niall McNamee – Offaly
McNamee, who has had well publicised issues off the field of play with gambling, should be best remembered for his ability on the football pitch. He is a top class forward and has been for many years.
- Graham Reilly – Meath
The Meath man is a very good half-forward that has troubled the best defences around for a few years now. He is a very strong ball carrier who also has a good eye for goal.
- Ciarán Lyng – Wexford
Lyng is another elder statesman that continues to showcase his great left foot in the Championship. He was in Mattie Forde’s shadow for years but has always been a class act.
- John Heslin – Westmeath
Heslin has been a real powerhouse in most recent history. He led UCD to a Sigerson Cup win and has been a vital part of Westmeath’s resurgence whether at midfield or full-forward.
- Donie Kingston – Laois
Kingston is another underage prodigee that has finally started to perform at the top of his game. He is now a real threat against the very best as he showed against Dublin last week.
So now we have two questions;
1. Have we left anybody out of this selection?
2. Would this team beat Dublin?
Sean Cremin, Pundit Arena