HS football team of the week

February 12, 2018

Donegal players warm up before their Allianz FL clash against Dublin at Croke Park.
©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Eleven counties have representatives on our football team of the week…

1. Mark Jackson (Wicklow)

The Garden County's netminder kept a clean sheet in their Division 4 draw with Antrim and found the target at the opposite end of the field with three frees.

2. Cian O'Dea (Clare)

After suffering a 14-point defeat at the hands of Meath in round 2, O'Dea and his Banner team-mates got their campaign back on track with a draw against neighbours Tipperary.

3. David Hyland (Kildare)

The Lilywhites fell to a third Division 1 defeat on the trot but Hyland was one of the top performers on show in St Conleth's Park.

4. Eoghan Kerin (Galway)

Kerin and his defensive team-mates held the Mayo forward line to just four points from play at Pearse Stadium.

5. Darren O'Hagan (Down)

O'Hagan was very much to the fore as Down came away from Dr Hyde Park with a morale boosting five-point win under their belt.

6. Robbie Kiely (Tipperary)

Manager Liam Kearns wasn't happy with his team's overall display in the draw with Clare but his captain put in an industrious individual shift.

7. Cian Kiely (Cork)

The Rebel County newcomer capped off a fine display against Louth with an injury-time goal.

8. John Heslin (Westmeath)

Following their round 2 loss to Armagh, the Lake County returned to winning ways against Wexford and Heslin's final tally of 0-6 included three from play.

9. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

The Tyrone captain displayed great leadership when roaming forward to send over the match-winning point deep into injury-time against Kildare in Newbridge.

10. Eamonn Brannigan (Galway)

Brannigan's pace caused all sorts of problems for the Mayo defence and he finished with three points to his name.

11. Niall Sludden (Tyrone)

The Red Hand County's centre-forward was particularly impressive in the first-half of their dramatic one-point victory when firing over three points.

12. Niall Scully (Dublin)

Scully enhanced his growing reputation with an impressive showing against Donegal that yielded four points from play.

13. Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

The Donegal ace put on an exhibition of point taking in Croke Park but was powerless to prevent his team from slipping to a five-point defeat.

14. Damien Comer (Galway)

The Galway captain chipped in with two points in their five-point win and his physicality is a potent weapon in the Tribesmen's arsenal.

15. Colm Basquel (Dublin)

The Ballyboden St Enda's clubman shared the scoring honours with Scully in the Sky Blues' 0-20 to 0-15 victory.

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