HS football team of the week

July 22, 2019

A view of the seats at Croke Park before the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final phase 2 clash between Donegal and Kerry. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Dublin and Tyrone secured their All-Ireland semi-final spots on Saturday while it's all to play for in Group 1 with one round to go...

1. Shaun Patton (Donegal)

Patton’s pinpoint accuracy from his kick-outs provided the Ulster champions with a platform to attack the Kingdom.

2. Seamus Lavin (Meath)

The Royals suffered a second Super 8s defeat but, once again, Lavin’s performance was a positive from their point of view.

3. Ronan McNamee (Tyrone)

McNamee and his defensive colleagues won’t care to be reminded about the two goals they shipped in the first-half but the full-back helped to steady the ship after the break.

4. Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry)

The tight-marking O’Sullivan held Jamie Brennan scoreless and roamed forward to kick a point for good measure.

5. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

The half-back’s lightning pace and frequent forays into enemy territory is a potent weapon in Dublin’s attacking arsenal.

6. Colm Boyle (Mayo)

Boyle proved to be the rock on which many a Meath attack perished and the experienced number 6 also chipped with a point for good measure.

7. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)

The half-back dynamo was a constant source of energy for his team and contributed two points to his county’s cause.

8. Brian Fenton (Dublin)

The ‘Footballer of the Year’ raised two white flags as the Sky Blues made light work of the Connacht champions.

9. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

Murphy’s individual display was a highlight of a classic encounter between two evenly match teams.

10. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

Serious questions were asked of the Red Hands by Cork and Donnelly, Peter Harte and Cathal McShane came up with the answers.

11. Sean White (Cork)

The Rebels gave as good as they got against Tyrone and White was central to a lot of their best moments in attack.

12. Stephen O’Brien (Kerry)

The Kenmare clubman continued where he left off against Mayo with an industrious display that included a three-point return.

13. Dean Rock (Dublin)

The Roscommon rearguard couldn’t contain the Ballymun Kickhams ace who racked up an impressive 1-11 individual tally.

14. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)

The same applies to O’Callaghan whose willingness to show for the ball at all times reaped rich dividends for Jim Gavin’s side.

15. Paul Geaney (Kerry)

Geaney – who finished with 1-4 to his name - has rediscovered his best form as the business end of the Sam Maguire Cup race fast approaches.

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