The weekend saw teams from Connacht, Ulster, Leinster go into battle in their first games of the championship and we have the SportsNewsIRELAND GAA team of the week.
In Connacht, Roscommon took on Leitrim in Dr Hyde Park. Roscommon were the dominant team in the first half but Leitrim came back and won the second half. The inclusion of several Roscommon players in the team of week were mainly in the defensive positions.
In Ulster Down and Tyrone and played out and epic second half which in total 4 goals were scored alone. The impressive Kevin McKernan picked up the man of match award and deservedly gets a place on the team.
In Leinster, Louth shocked Westmeath in Mullingar on Saturday evening. The impressive Paddy Keenan kicked 0-3 from midfield from play and his display was one of the best of all the weekends games. Longford took on Offaly in Pearse Park on Sunday and former Australian Rules star Mickey Quinn headed the defence with leadership and drove on the team to a vital win.
The final game which took place was in Aughrim, Padraig McMahon was given the task of marking Leighton Glynn, he stuck to the task limiting Glynn to only a few scores. Ross Munnelly was the ace in the pack from the Laois men and these two players are rightfully have a place on the team.
SportsNews Ireland Football Team of the Week
1. Neill Gallagher (Louth) – impressive for the Wee men made several good saves
2. Padraig McMahon (Laois)- kept Wicklow ace Leighton Glynn quite in the game
3. Niall Carty (Roscommon)- was immense in the full back line for Roscommon
4. Neill Collins (Roscommon)- played well in the corner, good going forward also
5. Niall Daly (Roscommon)- good going forward contributed with accurate passing to inside line
6. Michael Quinn (Longford)- stalwart in the defence, key player again the Faithful
7. Peter Harte (Tyrone)- scored a penalty and was good at going forward
8. John O Loughlin (Laois)- was good in the middle dominanted in the second half
9. Paddy Keenan (Louth)- the veteran midfielder was immense in the middle, contributed 0-3 from play
10. Kevin McKernan (Down)- got the man of the match award from Rte. Well deserved brought Down back into the game.
11. Sean Cavanagh (Down)-kicked the equalising point to force a replay
12. Ross Munnelly (Laois)- kicked 0-09 and was impressive throughout the game
13. Derek Maguire (Louth)- played well in attack got crucial points
14. Niall McNamee (Offaly)- very impressive despite not winning the game, will have a role to play in the qualifiers.
15. Emlynn Mulligan (Leitrim )- was influential and created plenty of scores