We are past the halfway point in the 2019 Allianz National football league.
Round four brought wins for Cavan and Leitrim and defeats for Roscommon, Monaghan and Longford.
Shannonside Northern Sound have picked our team of the week.
Eventually we came to a consensus and here’s our team of the week compiled by Kevin McDermott
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress”.
|1||Diarmuid McKiernan – Leitrim|
Leitrim, Derry and Kerry are the only counties to pick up four wins-in-a-row.
Leitrim have Diarmuid McKiernan to thank for making them part of that statistic.
The Allen Gaels shot-stopper made two great saves keeping a clean-sheet as Terry Hyland’s side eeked a 12 points to 11 win away to Limerick.
|2||David Byrne – Dublin|
Dublin forwards might get the glory but Dublin’s defence is the story.
Dublin only conceded seven points in their eight points win over Mayo. The seven points only included three points from play.
A fit again David Byrne made his first appearance for Dublin since last year’s league.
The Naomh Olaf clubman Is hoping to prove to Jim Gavin that he’s a championship player this season. Saturday’s performance is good way to call the manager’s attention.
|3||Brendan Rodgers – Derry|
Derry have tripped through the division trap doors hurtling from Division one to Division four in recent seasons.
The Ulster side have only felt the winning feeling in division four and accounted for Wicklow by 2-8 to nine points yesterday.
Brendan Rodgers is a seasoned campaigner for Derry and no stranger to success as a key cog in Slaughtneills recent triumphs.
We’re sure Rodgers has seen tougher challenges than the Wicklow full-forward line but you can only play whose in-front of you. Rodgers acquitted himself brilliantly.
|4||Seamus Lavin – Meath|
Think of the Meath Full-Back line and you think of legends like Mick Lyons in the 80’s and 90’s. You think of a steely resolve, where scores weren’t easily given up to opponents.
Segway to 2019 and Seamus Lavin is the rock of Meath’s rear-guard.
Meath versus Cork previously would have graced All-Ireland finals. The climate today sets a division two fixture.
The battle hardened Lavin guided Meath to the six points win and a step closer to Division One football.
|5||Ray Mulvey – Leitrim|
11 years ago, defeat in Kilmallock relegated Leitrim to division three.
Leitrim returned to the ground on Saturday in poetic justice and fought their way to victory.
The St Mary’s Kiltoghert player made his championship debut in 2010 and deserves to enjoy the praise and goodwill nationwide for Leitrim’s performances.
Division three mightn’t be there yet but Leitrim supporters can see it on the horizon.
|6||Ciaran Corrigan– Fermanagh|
The Ulster final last year saw Donegal well and truly school Fermanagh 2-18 to 12 points.
This year, Donegal would not be an easy place to come and play. You wouldn’t blame Donegal’s Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher for fearing the worst.
Revenge was served in a result that might require your eyes to do a double-take. Fermanagh 13 points Donegal 10.
The Ernesiders have the best defensive record in division two. Half-back Ciaran Corrigan can share credit for it.
Corrigan can also be nominated for an Oscar for “best attacking threat” with four points from play.
|7||Conor Moynagh – Cavan|
With three defeats in a row, many pundits wrote Cavan’s Division One obituary.
Roscommon have been in good form and are Cavan’s bogey team in recent seasons.
Conor Moynagh and co didn’t read that script and instead directed their way to a 3-13 to 13 points win.
Moynagh stifled many Roscommon attacks disrupting their possession and setting up Cavan’s attacks. A maiden victory for Mickey Graham’s regime got reinforces belief everything’s moving in the right direction.
|8||Darren Gallagher – Longford|
Longford’s unbeaten division three record was crushed by three Down goals en-route to the Mourne counties eight points win.
Midfielder Darren Gallagher excelled for Longford in a tough and highly pressurised situation.
The St Mary’s Granard man kicked half of Longford’s scores with two frees, one 45 and one from play. No doubt the first name on the team sheet of Pauric Davis every weekend.
|9||Killian Clarke – Cavan|
Roscommon have played super 8 football. Their midfield have dominated many matches providing a platform for wins for the primrose and blue.
Yesterday, Cavan’s Killian Clarke ran the midfield show. The Shercock man worked hard in the engine room.
Many Cavan men can argue a reasonable case for man of the match against Roscommon.
Clarke can highlight his attributes in contributing to defence and attack. A real leader.
|10||Conor McManus – Monaghan|
Monaghan succumbed to their third defeat in a row with a 1-16 to 12 loss to Tyrone.
The performance of Conor McManus was a bright light on a dark evening for Monaghan supporters.
The Clontibret sharpshooter finished with seven points. The All-Star would be a welcome addition to every forward line in the country.
|11||Sean O’Shea – Kerry|
Midweek, Sean O’Shea was Man of the Match for UCC as they won the Sigerson Cup beating St Mary’s Belfast.
O’Shea kicked seven points in the final. Yesterday, O’Shea kicked five points in their one point win over Galway.
The Kenmare man is proving to be a thorn in the side of every defence he comes up against.
God help defences facing Kerry when David Clifford returns to the fold. O’Shea and Clifford are primed to be a stadium filling double act.
|12||Martin Reilly – Cavan|
When the balls in the square beware of Martin Reilly in the air.
The Killygarry man flicked the ball to the net for Cavan, he also set up a goal for Conor Madden.
Reilly was a member of the same Republic of Ireland under-18 soccer team as Darron Gibson and Anthony Stokes and is formerly a Burnley player.
Ten years now on the Cavan senior intercounty scene. Cavan might refer to his punched goal yesterday as one from the hand of god!
|13||Donal O’Hare –Down|
Longford were at home, unbeaten and top of the division three table.
Down came to town and will go back up the country with a win and sitting in the promotion places.
The difference between the two sides was, Longford didn’t take their goal chances. Down took theirs.
Donal O’Hare kicked three goals and two points. The lethal forward deserves the match ball as a memento for an afternoon he’ll never forget.
|14||Peter Harte – Tyrone|
Tyrone showed great Heart in seeing off the challenge of Monaghan.
In fact- Tyrone had two great Harte’s pumping their performance on Saturday evening.
Long-serving manager Mickey Harte guided his side to the seven points win. Long-serving player Peter Harte struck 1-06 of their 1-16 total.
The goal came in the third minute to set them on their way.
The points came throughout the encounter to keep Monaghan at arm’s length and Tyrone’s relegation fears will not be as rampant this week.
|15||Conor Madden – Cavan|
Three games no goals, one game three goals. Mickey Graham’s side now know where the net is.
The win over Roscommon proves Cavan are not the whipping boys of the division and Madden is player defences will find difficult to marshall.
In a few years’ time, a highlights reel will be made of Conor Madden’s career.
The two goals he struck against Roscommon are likely to feature.