Week three of the Allianz National Football league saw Leitrim and Longford win, Roscommon draw and Cavan and Monaghan suffer defeat.
There was enough talking points to fill conversation from Malin head to Mizen head.
Shannonside Northern Sound Sports department have deliberated and voted for their team of the week.
“Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.” In other words “we’ve picked a great team.” – Compiled by Kevin McDermott
|1||Niall Morgan – Tyrone|
Gone are the days when a goalkeeper stayed between his posts and saved an avalanche of shots. The Modern day goalie can also be a potent attacking weapon. Step forward as an example Tyrone’s Niall Morgan.
Roscommon led by seven points after 43 minutes. Tyrone’s net-minder scored three points as Tyrone rescued a draw, his scores included a Monster 60m free and a score from play.
Maybe in round four, Mickey Harte will pick him in the forwards!!
|2||Peter Crowley – Kerry|
It’s not very often a corner back is your match winning hero. Tralee on Saturday was the stage for an epic battle with Dublin.
The sides were level when Peter Crowley found himself high up the field in the 74th minute.
The Laune Rangers defender fisted the ball over the bar. The referee blew the final whistle and Kerry had defeated the league and All-Ireland champions.
The corner-back can enjoy headlines of gratitude from his county. Corner-backs seldom get them.
|3||Lee Cullen -Fermanagh|
Fermanagh sit second in division two after a two points win over Kildare. Rory Gallagher’s side have the best defence of the weekend having conceded only six points.
The Ernesiders conceded only one point from play and full-back Lee Cullen was the grand marshall of their blanket defence.
|4||Conor Rehill – Cavan|
The Crosserlough Wing back is in his debut intercounty season and he’s proving to be a great addition to the line-up.
Rehill scored two points for Cavan in their five point’s loss to Mayo. Division one football isn’t fazing him as he’s cementing a place in Mickey Graham’s future plans.
We have no doubt he could adapt to being corner-back on our team.
|5||Colm P Smyth – Longford|
Longford sit top of Division three after three games with two wins and a draw. The midlanders possess the best defensive record in the country having only conceded nine points yesterday and only 27 points in their three games.
Their half-back line shored up the defence and assisted the attack. Colm P Smyth set up Conor Berry’s 61st minute goal which propelled the side to victory.
The Abbeylara clubman kicked two points en route to the win.
|6||Mark Plunkett – Leitrim|
Leitrim are one of four counties to have won their three matches. Centre-back Mark Plunkett has impressed as a focal point for their defensive efforts.
Plunkett proved he could rise to the big occasion when surging forward to shoot a point from distance in the 67th minute to give Leitrim the lead for the first time since the second minute.
Antrim equalised before Flynn struck the winner but it was Plunkett’s point which reinforced the belief that Leitrim could grasp victory from the battling and never give up performance.
|7||Daniel Mimnagh – Longford|
Longford missing their Mullinalaghta players and the injured talismanic forward Robbie Smyth. They weren’t missing heart, drive and resilience. Wing-back Daniel Mimnagh provided energy to electrify both defence and attack.
The two Longford wing-backs highly influential on proceedings as Longford escaped Carlow with a five points win.
|8||Steven O’Brien – Tipperary|
Many people consider Ulster champons Donegal to be a division one team holidaying for the season in division two.
Yesterday Declan Bonners side got a rude awakening that they need to work to get out of the division after Tipperary snatched a victory 3-09 to 13 points.
Midfielder Steven O’Brien scored a goal and a point and with the ball in his hands he can cause damage to any defence.
|9||Darren Gallagher – Longford|
Ahead of the league campaign, experts expected a depleted Longford to fight relegation. Three weeks into the action and promotion is the talk of the town.
The only team in division three unbeaten, midfielder Darren Gallagher has stood out as their star performer in all three games.
The midfielder owns a pair shooting boots. His three points from frees crucial to Longford’s win over Carlow.
|10||Andy Moran – Mayo|
It’s a 17th intercounty season for Andy Moran. The 2017 footballer of the year is still performing at the top of the game.
The 35-year Ballaghaderren native scored two points against Cavan and the versatile forward played 68 minutes.
James Horan might have a plan to stop Dublin’s five in a row All-Ireland attempt. The plan will no doubt include the evergreen and in-form Moran.
|11||Domhnaill Flynn – Leitrim|
Pressure is for tyres! Leitrim Centre-forward Domhnaill Flynn kept his cool to kick the ball over the bar in the 74th minute with a match winning free.
Flynn kicked three points from frees in the game. Leitrim scored 4-45 so far in the three league games. Forwards like Domhnaill are in top form.
We can expect the high tally to multiply off the charts as Leitrim hunt for promotion in their 11th year in division four.
|12||Darragh Rooney – Leitrim|
Substitute Darragh Rooney entered the fray in the 29th minute. He finished the game as Leitrim’s top scorer from play with three points.
The Melvin Gaels player created havoc that Antrim couldn’t solve. Terry Hyland now has the dilemma when a sub is super to do you keep him as a sub the next day?
|13||Conor Cox – Roscommon|
Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham is less than three months into the job but already he has unearthed a shining star to guide the future of Roscommon football.
Kerry recruit Conor Cox scored three points from play. The Eire OG clubman was a constant thorn in the side of the Tyrone defence
The corner-forward showed great movement and ball-winning ability and a knack for scoring from long-range makes him tough to mark.
Cox helped Kerry to All-Ireland Junior titles in 2012, 2015 and 2017. What can he help Roscommon win in 2019?
|14||Shane Walsh – Galway|
Monaghan versus Galway won’t win any oscar’s for drama but Shane Walshe might win a grammy for being on song.
The Galway full-forward kicked five points (three frees) in their 1-09 to 11 points victory over Monaghan in a freezing and blustery Inniskeen.
Spectators might forget the game but they should remember the performance of Walshe.
Meath produced a 2-13 points to 13 points win over Armagh to put themselves top of division two.
Michael Newman was the main threat for the Royal county and he left the field with 1-07 beside his name in the reporter’s notebook.
The glory days of Meath might be a distant memory but with competitors like Newman there is always hope of a return.