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Top Five Performers From The Connacht Football Championship

Despite having one extra game, the Connacht Championship is now over. Galway won after a replay and Mayo failed to build on their five-in-a-row. Scenes were to be seen as the Maroon and White enjoyed a very much missed success under Kevin Walsh. Here are our Top 5 players from this years Connacht Championship. 

  1. Shane Walsh – Galway

He was a big loss for the Tribesmen last year through injury and his return has been a most timely boost. As he showed with one single score against Tipperary two years ago, he is a very skilful footballer. His ball carrying from deep has been a vital part of Galway’s plan as has his creativity.

Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Elvery's McHale Park, Mayo 17/7/2016 Galway vs Roscommon Galway's Shane Walsh before the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

  1. Niall Daly – Roscommon

He was the Rossies star performer in their drawn Connacht final with Galway and would have been the main reason behind their victory. Although the replay didn’t go his way, the same could be said for the rest of his teammates. Daly had a very good Connacht championship.

Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Final, Pearse Stadium, Galway 10/7/2016 Galway vs Roscommon Niall Daly of Roscommon with David Wynne of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

  1. Damien Comer – Galway

Comer was another one of Galway’s key men. Like Walsh, he was one of the key links between defence in attack in the Tribe’s counter-attacking system. He is a big athlete and used this to his advantage on many occasions. His skill levels were also very good as he showed in kicking points against Roscommon.

Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Elvery's McHale Park, Mayo 17/7/2016 Galway vs Roscommon Galway’s Damien Comer Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

  1. Paul Conroy – Galway

Conroy was a huge underage prodigee in Galway and while he performed well at senior level, he never reached the level of consistency in performance or achievements. It was no surprise that a successful Galway had Conroy as a driving force. He was out at midfield in his best position and he drove the team on from there.

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 4B, Croke Park, Dublin 1/8/2015.Donegal vs Galway.Galway's Paul Conroy.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Back at midfield, we saw the best of Paul Conroy in a Galway jersey.
  1. Danny Cummins – Galway

A team can have all the game plans and training in the world, but at the end of the day it all boils down to who can put the ball over the bar and in the back of the net. Obviously there is more to it than that, but scores win matches and this is why Cummins was the man in the Galway team. He showed his class on many occasions in Connacht and was the difference between them and others.

Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Elvery's McHale Park, Mayo 17/7/2016 Galway vs Roscommon Galway’s Danny Cummins scores his sides third goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
Cummins class in front of goal was the difference for Galway

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