Team of the Week: Round Six

Week Six of the Allianz football league saw Longford secure Division three status and Cavan relegated from Division one.

Monaghan’s win and Roscommon’s defeat mean the survival hopes for both sides will go into the next weekend’s final round.

Leitrim were beaten by Derry in the dress rehearsal for the division four final on March 30th.

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Shannonside Northern Sound’s team of the week committee have gathered to pick their team with what was encountered over the weekend.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” Here’s the team of the week as compiled by Kevin McDermott.

1Andrew Hasson – Antrim

Antrim have four losses and two wins to their division four account this term.

On Saturday, The saffron’s beat Wicklow 2-15 to 10 points. Andrew Hasson kept a clean sheet. It wasn’t the most glamourous achievement of the weekend but Credit where it’s due.

An 11 point win-the best of the weekend.

2Ryan Wylie – Monaghan

It was a derby, both sides were fighting for their Division one status. The weather conditions were tough and every moment mattered.

Ryan Wylie helped Monaghan to a three point win. The counties resolute defence that recovered after conceding an opening minute goal.

3Aidan Flynn – Leitrim

The full-back line is the defensive structure in which a team is built.

Aidan Flynn is as solid as a rock for Terry Hyland’s side. Derry are a formidable side that not too long ago lived in division one.

Aidan Flynn was retained against the Oak leaf county in a much changed team from their previous five outings. His importance to Leitrim can be illustrated in that move.

4Barry O’Farrell – Longford

Longford secured their division three place for next season with a seven points win over Sligo. Pauric Davis’s side impressively overturned a three point’s half-time deficit to win the clash.

Corner-back Barry O’Farrell was a real leader in a defence that in this campaign have coughed up very little.

5Aidan Forker – Armagh

Armagh are guaranteed to be playing Division two football in 2020 after inflicting a first defeat on Fermanagh to dent their promotion hopes.

Fermanagh’s defence has been the calling card to their success this year so far.

On Saturday, Armagh’s 1-09 was enough to give them a six point’s win in the low scoring tussle.

Aidan Forker kicked a great point, defended well and worked hard with and without possession.

6Frank Burns– Tyrone

Mickey Harte’s 300th game in charge and it was a happy anniversary.

The Red hand county stopped reigning All-Ireland and league champions Dublin in their tracks in Croke Park 1-14 to 1-11.

The win prevents Dublin from making the League final and Tyrone leapfrog them in the table.

Dublin’s forward line will be the subject of many books waxing lyric of their achievements but Tyrone half-back Frank Burns watered down their influence on Saturday.

The efforts of Burns helped his county to a morale boosting win.

7Darren Quinn –Longford

Corner-back or half-back Darren Quinn is never found wanting in a Longford shirt.

It was an impressive performance from him against Sligo culminating in a fine score in the first half.

Now with their place in Division three secured, next week Quinn will again be hoping to show he is worthy of a place in the starting line in the championship.

8Gearoid McKiernan- Cavan

Division two football beckons for Cavan next season.

That reality was realised after a defeat to nearest neighbours and chief rivals Monaghan. There was one bright spark to Saturday’s defeat and that was the appearance of talismatic midfielder Gearoid McKiernan.

McKiernan’s 20th minute outing from the substitute bench yielded three points.

9Darren Gallagher – Longford

The Granard man kicked 1-4 and bossed the game for Longford.

The team may have had a bit of an upheaval this year with a changing squad and Mullinalaghta’s success depriving the county of some players.

Gallagher has continue to shine despite all the adversity.

10Shane Quinn – Leitrim

After five wins in a row, Leitrim were beaten for the first time in this season’s league with a seven point’s loss to Derry.

There were wholesale changes for both sides after each county have already made the division four final.

Shane Quinn captained the side and played a captains role and his claim has been put in for a place in the first fifteen for their upcoming Croke Park final adventure.

11Aidan O’Shea – Mayo

Kerry’s unbeaten record has come to an end.

Mayo beat them in a thriller 1-10 to 11 points. Mayo were missing five regulars but Aidan O’Shea stood up and was counted.

Mayo are back in the mix to reach their first league final since 2012.

The rain bucketed down during the match but O’Shea and comrades showed Mayo supporters there is no reason to doubt there will be sunny days ahead.

12Antoine O Laoi – Galway

Pace, Power and Precision, Antoine O Laoi has all the hallmarks of a top-class forward.

The Galway attacker scored four points enroot to Galway’s seven points win over Roscommon.

Galway are still in with a chance with a place in the Division one final. The Tyrone defence will have to watch him very carefully next weekend.

13Conor McCarthy – Monaghan

Monaghan are one of the top teams in the country and talented players like Conor McCarthy consistently show that the farney army have more than just Conor McManus in their ranks.

McCarthy kicked two points in the win over Cavan. McManus might garner much attention but an in-form McCarthy will certainly steal a scene or two in the next few months.

14Danny Cummins – Galway

Cummins scored 1-02 from play for the Tribesmen. The Roscommon full-back line were given a torrid afternoon from him.

In the modern game free-taking seems to have taken over. Cummins showed that an attacker can still prosper in open play.

15Conor McManus – Monaghan

When discussing Monaghan’s greatest ever players- Conor McManus name will feature on everyone’s list.

The Clontibret forward has nothing left to prove. The All-Star contributed six points to Monaghan’s three points win over Cavan.

Malachy O’Rourke eased him into the league campaign with substitute appearances and no doubt, the forward will be utilised for every minute left in Monaghan’s football calendar this year.