GAA JOE Team of the weekend 3 weeks ago

GAA JOE Team of the weekend

This is The GAA JOE Team of the weekend.

1 John McNabb (Cargin)

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The Antrim club player of the year was again outstanding for Cargin, saving two Naomh Conaill penaties in the shoot-out. His technique is unorthodox, as he stands dead still and motionless in front of the penalty taker, but the results are unquestionable.

2 James Morris (Clonmel Commercials)

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The 19-year-old set the tone very early on in the Munster quarter final with a pair of brave interceptions. His uncompromising style lifted not only the Clonmel crowd, but his team-mates too in their impressive win over Nemo Rangers.

3 Kevin McShane (Cargin)

What more can you actually say?

Cargin were three points down with six minutes of injury time played when, as you'll see in the clip above, McShane rose highest to punch the goal that sent themselves and Naomh Conaill to extra-time.

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Then in injury-time of extra-time, with Cargin again trailing, he stepped up once more with a sensational point off the outside of the boot.

Heroic stuff and the Antrim men now march onto the Ulster semi-final where they'll play Glen.

4 Conor Carville (Glen)

Captain fantastic. Carville was calm and composed as ever in the Watty Grahams defence, and limited the damage when the Canavans were threatening to run completely wild.

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5 Daryll Branagan (Kilcoo)

Like most teams, Ballybay just couldn't cope with Branagan's lightning breaks from defence. It was one of these runs that led to the Ryan Johnston goal which broke the Monaghan team's resistance.

6 James Toher (Trim)

Trim were 6/1 to beat Danesfort on Saturday in the Leinster IHC quarter final. They weren't given a squeak down in Nowlan Park. But they produced what was arguably the performance of the weekend to stun the Kilkenny champs, and Toher was the man. The centre back was simply sensational as he won ball after ball and just kept on winning the battles.

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7 Sean Kelly (Mhaigh Cuilinn)

Kelly wears number three on his back, he lines out at wing forward but you couldn't pin that man down to just one position. Not the way he plays for Moycullen. He covered every blade against Westport and his driving runs were the start of many of their best attacks in their Connacht SFC quarter final win.

8 Conor Glass (Glen)

A totem of a midfielder who is at the heart of everything good that Glen do. He was once again instrumental as they gradually got the better of a brilliant Errigal Ciaran team.

9 Jack Kavanagh (St Mullins)

The beating heart of the St Mullins team that recorded another huge win in Leinster, this time against Wexford champions Ferns St Aidans. Kavanagh is a tremendous athlete, and having been alive to every break, his use of the ball was also very impressive.

10 Tommy Canavan (Errigal Ciaran)

The Errigal captain was virtually unplayable in a blistering first half, and his goal was a thing of absolute beauty. Hs link-up play with cousins Ruairi and Darragh was breath-taking throughout their clash with Glen.

11 Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials)

Lonergan was simply outstanding against Nemo Rangers. The Cork side had no match for his pace and athleticism, while some of his finishing, off left and right, was also exquisite.

12 Ethan Doherty (Glen)

The Young Footballer of the Year is a real rolls royce of a player and he was in full flow against Errigal Ciaran. Set up one goal, scored another, and at times, he's just on a different level.

13 Cathal Dowling (Naas)

The old cliche goes that defenders hate when you run at them and Dowling did exactly that to Shinrone in the Leinster SHC quarter final. His driving bursts and perfectly timed lay-offs set up two goals in their fifteen point win.

14  David Clifford (Fossa)

2-12. It may have been junior but still. 2-12. And what we must remember is that, as pointed out by John O'Shea, Clifford said as a youngster that his single biggest desire in football was to win the junior championship for Fossa.

15 Dessie Conneely (Mhaigh Cuillinn)

Ten points, five from play - it felt like the Moycullen maestro was never going to miss.