With wins for Tyrone, Cork, Sligo, Wexford and Clare, here is our team of the week.
1. Alan Quirke (Cork) – The best save of the weekend from Kieran Donaghy’s point blank effort.
2. Nigel Ewing (Sligo) – Arguably the best defensive performance of the weekend. Block after block with the utmost confidence.
3. Justin McMahon (Tyrone) – The full-back led by example. Some timely interceptions and blocks were just as crucial as scores.
4. Keith Kelly (Galway) – Often left to deal with the situation with no help, he performed admirably to stem the Sligo tide. Crucial interceptions at times.
5. Paudie Kissane (Cork) – Marshalled his wing with ease and got forward time and again. Sublime second half point.
6. Gordon Kelly (Clare) – Never gave the Limerick forwards any time to think on the ball and made a nuisance of himself. Rare goal taken well.
7. Paul McGovern (Sligo) – Got forward at will and was part of everything that was good about Sligo’s performance. Neat footballing skill at times.
8. Ger Quinlan (Clare) – Was the link between defence and attack, with everything going through him. Put in the hard tackles when needed.
9. Ciaran Sheehan (Cork) – Suffocated the space in midfield and never allowed Kerry time on the ball. An assured midfield display.
10. Martin Penrose (Tyrone) – Eight points from his boot helped the Red Hand to victory. Some lovely passing moves.
11. David Tubridy (Clare) – Hit the crucial points at the crucial times including two late on. Linked well within the forward line.
12. Jamie Clarke (Armagh) – Made himself the focal point of the Orchard attack and collected five points. Unfortunate to be on losing side.
13. Adrian Marren (Sligo) – 2-6 says it all really. Gave Galway’s defence a torrid time.
14. Ian Ryan (Limerick) – Ten points from Limerick’s best player almost pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in recent memory. A class act.
15. Cian Ward (Carlow) – Worked tirelessly for the Carlow cause and deserved his goal to give his side the replay.
Honourable mentions for Redmond Barry (Wexford) and Colm Cooper (Kerry)