Leitrim win and secure promotion in week five. That’s the headline, o0n the other hand the week wasn’t joyful for Roscommon, Monaghan, Cavan and Longford. The quartet suffered defeats.
On a mix of joy and despair Shannonside Northern Sound have picked their team of the week.
“Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships” here’s our talented, hardworking and intelligent team of the week – compiled by Kevin McDermott.
Here’s our team of the week for round five.
|1||Rory Lavelle – Galway|
After five league matches, Galway have conceded the fewest goals with the ball only hitting the net once.
On Saturday evening, the tribesmen got the better of Mayo 1-11 to 12 points. Renvyle clubman Rory Lavelle kept Mayo’s goal threat at bay.
The shot-stopper made a great save from Jason Doherty in the first half and helped withstand the Mayo fightback in the second half.
Galway’s win is a further indication of the change in the balance of power in Connacht with the tribesmen defeating Mayo for the seventh time in the last four years.
|2||Aidan Flynn – Leitrim|
Leitrim had the best defence of the weekend only conceding seven points in their five points win over London.
Aidan Flynn marked tightly and ventured forward productively. The Leitrim Gaels clubman capped the memorable day for Leitrim football with a point.
In truth-every Leitrim player deserves a place in this week’s team and Terry Hyland is the first nomination for manager of the year!
|3||Andrew Farrell – Longford|
Donie Kingston is the marquee forward for Laois after 11 years on the intercounty scene.
Longford and Laois served up a thriller on Saturday evening with Laois edging proceedings 14 points to 12.
Kingston was marked out of the game, and substituted all thanks to the assured performance of Andrew Farrell.
The full-back came onto the scene last year and is making the position his own in this campaign, excelling in their last two matches despite the defeats.
|4||Paddy Maguire – Leitrim|
After 11 years in the basement division, Leitrim secured their ticket to division three with two games to spare.
Leitrim’s story is narrated by a strong defence. Paddy Maguire is a rock that can’t be moved in Terry Hyland’s defence.
Maguire and co will get their reward with a trip to Croke Park and a final against Derry.
|5||Frank Boyle – Westmeath|
Sligo fell through the division three trapdoor. Relegation was inflicted on them by a 3-12 to 1-10 defeat to Westmeath.
The contrast is stark with Jack Cooney’s Westmeath sitting in the division’s promotion places and a step closer to a reward of Division two.
Westmeath were the highest scorers of the weekend and Half back Frank Boyle put in a commanding performance for the 2019 O’Byrne champions.
|6||Cian O’Sullivan – Dublin|
Roscommon were dogged and determined, Dublin were Dublin.
The sides were level at half-time at 1-9 apiece after a quality display by Roscommon.
The second half arrived and the reigning league and All-Ireland champions finished like a team worthy of their five-in-a-row All-Ireland chasing dream.
The Dubs won by five points and Kilmacud Crokes centre-back Cian O’Sullivan helped calm the Roscommon storm and rain the pressure on the Roscommon rear-guard.
|7||Ray Mulvey – Leitrim|
Hundreds of Leitrim supporters flocked onto the Avantcard Pairc Sean MacDiarmada pitch after their county wrote their “Roy of the Rovers” story to enter division three next season.
The supporters should queue up to shake the hand of half-back Ray Mulvey, the scorer of two points from play.
Leitrim join Derry and Kerry as the only teams still to have won all five games. St Mary’s Kiltoghert’s Mulvey is a vital component for Leitrim in making that happen.
|8||Gavin Doogan – Monaghan|
Kerry scored five of the last six points to end the challenge of Monaghan in a snowy Killarney to come away with a four points win.
It’s Monaghan’s fourth defeat in a row but many positives can be taken from the performance.
Gavin Doogan gave a standout showing at centre-field and bridged the defence and attack together.
Cavan await Monaghan in the next round with both sides fighting for survival and Doogan is going into the game on the back of good form.
|9||Ryan Jones – Fermanagh|
Fermanagh and their steely defence are still unbeaten.
The Ernesiders sit in second place and are on the cusp of division one football after a twelve year absence.
Rory Gallagher’s side quashed the challenge of Clare to win by twelve points to nine. Derrygonnelly midfielder Ryan Jones is no stranger to the big occasion and is a great leader to a well-disciplined side.
Write them off at your peril!
|10||Con O’Callaghan – Dublin |
It’s nice to see that Dublin don’t always sleepwalk to victory sometimes the Dubs have to wake up, work hard and fight for their rewards.
Roscommon provided them with a challenge yesterday and half-forward Con O’Callaghan left the field with one goal and one point and contributing well against Roscommon’s skilled and settled half-back line.
When Jim Gavin reads his team the riot act for imperfections, O’Callaghan can put up his hand and argue his case for inclusion in the next starting team of a talent heavy panel.
|11||Sean O’Shea – Kerry|
Kerry scored 17 points en-route to their victory over Monaghan to maintain their 100 per cent record.
Sean O’Shea scored eight points. The tally consisted of two from play, six frees and an amazing side-line effort.
The Kenmare forward defines the term “ace marksman” and based on current form could probably score blindfolded!.
The lesson other teams must take is don’t concede frees against Kerry
|Conor Cox – Roscommon|
There has been a changing of the guard in Roscommon this term with a new management team and many new players introduced to the panel.
Former Kerry Junior footballer Conor Cox has joined Eire OG and the Roscommon ranks and Anthony Cunningham can put his name on the teamsheet in with permanent marker.
Cox scored four points, three efforts from play when the resolute defence of Dublin came to town.
Every team wants a player who knows where the posts are. Every team wants a forward like Conor Cox.
|13||Peter Harte- Tyrone|
Tyrone relegation talk was whispered four weeks ago. That whisper is replaced with silence as a draw and two wins have eased those fears.
On Saturday evening, Tyrone overcame Cavan 1-15 to nine points. Cavan manager Mickey Graham was disappointed and unhappy with the showing from his team.
Mickey Harte in the Tyrone dugout can be thrilled with how his side have responded to the adversity of the opening rounds.
Peter Harte is a fulcrum for their attack providing 1-03 to Tyrone’s total.
|14||Tommy Walsh – Kerry|
From 2009 to 2014 Tommy Walsh togged out for St Kilda and then Sydney Swans in Australian Rules in the AFL.
Australia’s loss was Kerry’s gain when Walsh returned to the Kingdom. The forward scored four points in their win over Monaghan.
Walsh is the king of the mark using the new rule to Kerry’s advantage scoring three points from marks yesterday.
It’s great to see the old-fashioned skill of fielding the ball being executed to perfection.
|15||Cathal Cregg – Roscommon|
The Western Gaels forward is the Connacht GAA provincial Games Development manager.
Cregg is leading by example, coaches and young players only need to watch how he plays the game to learn.
Creggs scored a well-taken goal against the Dubs after fielding Donie Smith’s delivery and driving the ball to the net.
The Dublin defenders were glad to leave Dr Hyde Park yesterday with a win. The Roscommon forwards gave them a torrid afternoon. Cregg was a constant thorn in their side.