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With wins for Dublin, Offaly and Galway, here is our Championship Hurling team of the week
1. Gary Maguire (Dublin)
A super save in the eighth minute spared some blushes in the Dubs’ defence. Effective when needed.
2. Niall Donohue (Galway)
Good game at corner-back and did well to repel the opposition as much as possible. Led from the back
3. Keith Rossiter (Wexford)
Called into action in under a minute with a goal-saving block from Murphy’s effort. Rock solid at the back and will need to be in qualifiers.
4. Derek Morkan (Offaly)
Crucial block near the end to deny Guiney and was instrumental in Offaly hanging on to victory.
5. Stephen Hiney (Dublin)
A nice return for one of the “Cruciate Trio”. Some nice blocks and even nicer passing. A good game to make his return.
6. Tony Óg Regan (Galway)
Excellent blocks throughout the game and made life difficult for the Westmeath half-forwards. Linked up well with midfield.
7. Johnny Coen (Galway)
Bombed up and down the left flank. Worked tirelessly in defence and got forward when he could.
8. Aonghus Clarke (Westmeath)
A young man who has impressed thus far this year and had another good outing against Galway. Always ready for battle and made the hard yards for his side.
9. Shane Durkin (Dublin)
A rock in the centre of the park. Got about the opposition, scored some nice points from play and got a deserved goal, if slightly fortuitous.
10. Niall O’ Brien (Westmeath)
Two goals for the teenager and despite being on the losing team, he looks a mainstay in the side for years to come.
11. Liam Rushe (Dublin)
Man of the match and probably player of the weekend. 2-2 doesn’t nearly tell the story for the Dublin centre-forward who was everywhere and involved in everything.
12. Conal Keaney (Dublin)
Another of the “Cruciate Trio” who had a nice game back. Scored two points and more importantly got some game time.
13. Shane Dooley (Offaly)
A total of 1-8 and a consummate performance from the wing-forward. Seven frees kept the scoreline ticking over and came up with some slick passing to boot.
14. Neil Foyle (Laois)
Gave his side a sliver of hope with his goal but for much of the time, he ploughed a lonely furrow. Made the best of a dire situation and came out with credit.
15. Jack Guiney (Wexford)
19 years old and fast becoming Wexford’s go-to guy. 1-3 against Offaly and was a constant threat.