It was two from two for Leitrim. Longford remain unbeaten, Roscommon bounced back from an opening round defeat.
Monaghan followed up their win over Dublin with a loss and Cavan fell at the final hurdle with victory in sight.
“A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours”. Here are the choices we agonized over. – Compiled by Kevin McDermott
Shannonside Northern Sound Round Two team of the week.
|1||Robbie Hennelly – Mayo|
In 2016, the Breaffy clubman endured a torrid afternoon in All-Ireland final, conceding a penalty and getting a black card as Mayo lost to Dublin by a point.
The 28-year-old has picked himself up and dusted himself down, now a vital cog in James Horan’s Mayo plans. He played his part in a nine points win over Tyrone and kept the ball out of the net.
|2||Micheal Mcweeney – Leitrim|
When you head for Aughrim, you know you are in for a battle. Leitrim emerged from the battle with Wicklow with victory.
Michael McWeeney is a solid and reliable marshal of their defence.
Leitrim were 1-16 to 1-12 winners over the garden county and McWeeney led from the back including blocking a goal-bound shot in the dying moments of the game.
|3||Padraig Faulkner – Cavan|
Cavan lost to Kerry by 16 points to 13. You must consider two things.
i) Kerry didn’t take the lead until the 67th minute. Sean O’Shea responsible for twelve of Kerry’s points.
ii) Despite the defeat, those two stats prove Cavan can be proud of their rear-guard action. Faulkner had the unenviable task of marking Paul Geaney, the Kingscourt player acquitted himself very well.
|4||Liam Flatman– Dublin|
Dublin chase five All-Ireland’s in a row and Jim Gavin’s conveyor belt of talent, suggest-success won’t fade for quite a long time.
The Dubs lost to Monaghan last weekend and Liam Flatman was drafted into make his debut.
Galway only scored seven points, Dublin won by 11 and Flatman staked his claim for a jersey in the full-back line.
|5||Mickey Quinn – Longford|
Longford 1-06 Offaly 0-09 in a low scoring division three encounter.
Mickey Quinn played midfield yesterday but the versatile player will fit neatly into our team of the week at wing back.
The former Aussie rules footballer has been with Longford since 2012 and Pauric Davis can rely on him for real leadership.
Longford also deserve great credit for having conceded the lowest amount of points (only 18) after two games in all four divisions.
|6||Ronan Daly – Roscommon|
Last weekend, Monaghan beat Dublin and Mayo got the better of Roscommon. Anthony Cunningham’s side put last week behind them with a brilliant display yesterday.
Monaghan were put to the sword by 1-12 to 13 points and Ronan Daly was instrumental in their never giving up performance and kicked the last point of the game.
Along with half-back partners Niall Daly and Conor Hussey, the Trio gave Roscommon a platform for defence and attack.
Many column inches this weekend will go to forwards that fired their counties to victory but a defender like Paul Murphy also deserves special mention.
Cavan only scored two points in the second half as Kerry overturned a four point half-time deficit to stumble to a two points win.
Murphy was key in the turnaround mopping up ball, before it worked its way to Cavan’s sharpshooters.
|8||Enda Smith – Roscommon|
There’s 68 minutes on the clock, Roscommon trail by two points and then a penalty is awarded for the primose and blue.
Midfielder Enda Smith picks up the ball and dispatches it to the net. Roscommon win and division one is much more digestible.
It could be a season defining moment and Smith deserves great credit for having the bottle to score a goal under the intense pressure.
|9||Darren Gallagher – Longford|
Longford score 1-6 against Offaly. Midfielder Darren Gallagher is responsible for 1-3 of that total.
Pauric Davis is missing his Mullinalaghta contingent but Gallagher is filling the void with assured reassurance.
|10||Fionn McDonagh – Mayo|
Mayo sit atop division one and James Horan’s side impressed in their 2-13 to ten points win over a normally defensively sound Tyrone.
Newcomer Fionn McDonagh excelled in the half-forward line notching up an impressive 1-03 en-route to their victory. Could he be the key to unlocking more glory days for Mayo?
|11||Sean O’Shea – Kerry|
Perhaps we should set aside an All-Star for the Kenmare centre-forward now.
O’Shea kicked an impressive 12 points for Kerry out of their total of 16.
His tally included nine frees and a 45- you won’t see better shooting in the six nations.
|12||Domhnaill Flynn – Leitrim|
After two games Leitrim are the top scorers in the country notching up 4-31 over two games.
Domhnaill Flynn scored two points from play yesterday and covered lots of ground epitomising the hard-working nature of Terry Hyland’s side.
|13||Ryan O’Rourke – Leitrim|
Hollywood producers take note- Ryan O’Rourke is a hero worthy of the big screen.
Leitrim one point down with a minute to go. O’Rourke buries the ball to the net, and finishes the game with 1-3, Leitrim win by four.
If you listen closely enough you might hear Division Four defenders quaking in their boots.
|14||Dermot Malone – Monaghan|
What a difference a week makes. Last weekend, there was joy as Monaghan beat Dublin.
This week they felt despair with defeat to Roscommon. Division one is certainly an ultra-competitive place.
Monaghan will be disappointed they didn’t leave the Hyde with something. Full-Forward Dermot Malone can be satisfied with his efforts
|15||Conor Cox – Roscommon|
Conor Cox made a much publicised transfer from Kerry to Roscommon for this season.
Yesterday it looked like an inspired move by the Connacht county as he kicked five frees including one deep in injury time that proved decisive to the win.
He may have left the kingdom but have Roscommon now found a king of the forwards!.