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9 Counties Feature In The Football Team Of The League

9 Counties Feature In The Football Team Of The League
By PJ Browne Updated

Colm Cooper and Colm O'Rourke named their Football Team of the League on RTÉ's League Sunday.

The selection features players from nine counties and was made "in consultation with many stakeholders including lots of managers of teams across the four divisions".

The side includes four players from Division 1 champions Kerry, three from Mayo, two from Armagh, and one each from Tyrone, Limerick, Derry, Galway, Roscommon and Louth.

2022 Football Team of the League

1. Niall Morgan (Tyrone)

Colm O'Rourke: Behind a Tyrone defence which has been a bit shakier than normal. Still as good as ever coming out and attacking.

2. Lee Keegan (Mayo)

COR: He had a great campaign. Not great [in the league final] for Mayo.

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3. Jason Foley (Kerry)

COR: To me, probably the most improved back of the year. Hadn't a great year last year, but his man marking duties this year have been fantastic.

4. Iain Corbett (Limerick)

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COR: We took liberties with Iain Corbett. He normally plays centre-back but Limerick had a great year. We put him at corner-back because he has been so good.

5. Conor Glass (Derry)

Colm Cooper: He's been brilliant since he's come back from Australia. He's been a revelation for Derry. Very versatile, can play in the middle of the field. We've selected him at number five.

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6. Tadhg Morley (Kerry)

CC: He's been a real find for Jack O'Connor at centre-back. He's shored up a very suspect Kerry defence, and done really, really well.

7. Jarlath Óg Burns (Armagh)

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CC: Very versatile player, can play in the middle of the field. A very strong carrier of the ball.

8. Matthew Ruane (Mayo)

CC: He's had a very good league for Mayo. He's been on the scoresheet every day for them. Probably not his best 70 minutes today.

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9. Paul Conroy (Galway)

CC: Outstanding for Galway throughout Division 2. He was Man of the Match [in the league final against Roscommon]. Excellent player, and will be pivotal to Galway in the Connacht Championship.

3 April 2022; Paul Conroy of Galway in action against Ultan Harney of Roscommon during the Allianz Football League Division 2 Final match between Roscommon and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

10. Paudie Clifford (Kerry)

COR: If David Clifford didn't get Man of the Match [in the league final], it probably would have been Paudie Clifford. He put his hands on more ball in the first half than you'd see in most games. He's been outstanding in all the league matches.

11. Rian O'Neill (Armagh)

COR: Carried on his great form from last year. Beautiful striker off the ground and from [the hand]. He kicks phenomenal points.

12. Enda Smith (Roscommon)

COR: He has been one of the real strong points of the Roscommon team this year. He's propelled them back into Division 1.

13. David Clifford (Kerry)

CC: The best footballer in Ireland at the moment - no doubt about that. He has all the skill, the physique, and will play a major role for Kerry throughout the summer if they're going to land Sam Maguire.

14. Sam Mulroy (Louth)

CC: Scored 3-57 (including the Division 3 final) in the league. Top scorer. He's been amazing. Would probably get on any team in the country.

15. Ryan O'Donoghue (Mayo)

CC: Mayo's kingpin. Top scorer for them in the league. Got four points [in the league final]. Probably one of his quieter game. Tom O'Sullivan did reasonably well on him.

See Also: Daly And Sheedy Picked Their Hurling Team Of The League

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