GAA Football

Monaghan and Tyrone dominate team of the week

Rory Brennan. Picture by Seamus Loughran.

1. Niall Morgan (Tyrone)

RORY Beggan set an incredibly high bar with his display for Monaghan on Saturday night, but Morgan bettered it on Sunday. Nailed four frees in horrendous conditions on his own club ground, and made a crucial stop with his leg from Paul Geaney late in the first half.

2. Conor Boyle (Monaghan)

BOYLE has really found his feet over the last fortnight, bringing a real willingness to get up the pitch and support the attack to the defensive solidity for which he has been renowned. Quickly establishing himself as one of the first names on Banty's teamsheet.

3. Aidan Forker (Armagh)

FORKER has settled into his new role in the Armagh team that it's hard to picture him playing anywhere else now. Had the physicality and diligence to set the tone against Daniel Flynn, dominating the battle with Kildare's dangerman.

4. Rory Brennan (Tyrone)

SHIFTED into the full-back line as expected, he put the clampers on Paul Geaney, keeping the in-form Dingle man scoreless. Brennan also supplemented the attack all afternoon.

5. Dermot McAleese (Antrim)

AS Antrim claimed a valuable and hard-earned victory in London, McAleese provided so much of the drive for Antrim's counter-attacking with his powerful marauding runs throughout.

6. Dessie Ward (Monaghan)

SENT out with a very specific job, Ward did a brilliant tailing job on Brian Fenton throughout Monaghan's dramatic draw with the Dubs. Notched a score for himself as well.

7. Ryan McAnespie (Monaghan)

RIGHT from delivering the brilliant raking first-minute ball for Conor McManus' goal, McAnespie revelled in a role at the heart of Monaghan's defence.

8. Ryan Jones (Fermanagh)

ON a disappointing day for the Ernemen, Jones led the fightback in the second half against Westmeath, kicking two fine scores and helping take a bit of control around the middle.

9. Niall Kearns (Monaghan)

HAVING been eased back in at the end of last season, Kearns has swiftly reminded Monaghan of what they were missing in his absence last year. Outstanding start to the year.

10. Aidan Nugent (Armagh)

NUGENT has quietly made a real home for himself in the Armagh attack. Brought the usual workrate along with a scoring threat to their win over Kildare on Saturday night.

11. Stefan Campbell (Armagh)

2020 HAS been a great year so far for Campbell, whose form at the heart of the Orchard forward line has been up there with the very best of his career to date. Kicked two beauties in the win over Kildare.

12. Darren McCurry (Tyrone)

THE second Edendork man to make the team on a big weekend for the club, McCurry led the line for Tyrone and played with class and confidence that the sideline ball he took on at the end never looked an impossibility.

13. Jamie Brennan (Donegal)

HAVING been the key man behind Donegal's win over Meath last weekend, Brennan continued his good form with a bullish display against Galway. Landed two points and won his side's penalty.

14. Conor McManus (Monaghan)

THE man for the big occasion, McManus took his goal superbly inside 45 seconds and backed it up with four points, one of them a stunning long-range effort.

15. Shane McGuigan (Derry)

IN a new era for Derry football, they've spent the early weeks relying heavily on Shane McGuigan for scores. Scored seven out of the team's ten against Tipperary on Sunday, taking his league tally to 1-15.

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