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The Gaelic Football Rolling All-Stars: Round 2

The Gaelic Football Rolling All-Stars: Round 2
Maurice Brosnan
By Maurice Brosnan
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A new Gaelic football Championship is well underway and so far the bulk of the nation has been able to view almost none of it as televised games are few and far between while the means to be omnipresent remain unattainable, despite it being 2018.

Nevertheless, it has been an eventful few weeks since we brought you the first rolling All-Stars. As a reminder, the rolling All-Stars are a bid to combat the recency bias that tends to prioritise the latest performances over just as impressive but forgotten earlier ones. For example, James McGivney was impressive for Longford this weekend, but was it enough to oust Sligo's Adrian Marren who shot the lights out against Leitrim last month?

Here are the latest rolling All-Stars after another weekend of jam-packed action.

1. Mark Jackson (out) - Paddy Colum (in)

It was always going to be difficult for Wicklow's Mark Jackson to back up his seven points and penalty save against Offaly, as last weekend they faced the juggernaut of Dublin in Portlaoise. Paddy Colum kicked a 45', made a crucial save and was inch-perfect with his kick-outs as Longford ended a prolonged wait for a Leinster semi-final spot.

2. Eoghan Ban Gallagher (stays)

A gem unearthed during the league by Declan Bonner and back-to-back impressive performances in Ulster ensure his spot is safe.

3. Sean Andy O Ceallaigh (stays)

The Galway man is an archetypal full-back and stays at full-back for another week at least.

4. Gareth Dillion (out) - Conor Lawlor (in)

Big plays define Championships and Lawlor's exquisite finish at the death was the definitive nail in Kildare's coffin. 'Horse' Lawlor also gave Eanna O'Connor his fill of it and kept him scoreless.


5. Stephen Attride (out) - Diarmuid Masterson (in)

Masterson wore four on his back but played as a constant runner from deep. The Longford man is in his early 30s but was superb against Meath, his tackling, in particular, was technically outstanding.

6. Dean Healy (out) - Colm Begley (in)


Begley is one of the more experienced players in a Laois side backing up their strong league form and now preparing for a Leinster semi-final against Carlow. A gem of a point just before half-time during Laois's purple patch.

7. Shane Quinn (stays)

Holds down his spot after that impressive performance against London earlier this year.


8. Ciaran Duggan (stays)

The Galway man stays in midfield after his Championship debut saw him claim man of the match during the local derby against Mayo.

 9. Michael Murphy (moved) - Sean Murphy (in)

Murphy is a crucial player to Carlow's style as his driving runs routinely result in a foul. With a free-taker like Paul Broderick in the side, those fouls are as good as a score.

10. Ciaran Thompson (out) - Michael Murphy (in)

The Donegal captain benefiting from his versatility here, but back-to-back showings ensure he stays in the team. Lines out with 14 on his back but takes up a variety of positions over the course of a game. Scored 0-2 against Derry last Saturday.


 11. Donie Kingston (out) - Paul Kingston (in)

One Kingston for another, as Paul's hat-trick of goals make it impossible to leave him out. 3-2 in total during a fine showing against Westmeath.

12. Kevin McLoughlin (out) - Patrick McBrearty (in)

McBreaty finished with eight points against Derry. It is vital to Declan Bonner that the Chíll Chartha man stays fit if they are to have a desired impact in the Championship.

13. Adrian Marren (stays) 

His 1-6 against London was the difference and thus Marren stays at corner forward for another week. 33 and only getting better.


14. Paul Broderick (stays)

An incredible 0-11 against Kildare. Broderick's underperformance against Laois cost Carlow in the League final and he will be out to put that right in Croke Park next month for the Leinster semi-final.

15. Jamie Clarke (out) - Luke Connolly (in)

Clarke's 0-3 from play almost gave New York a historic win over Leitrim, but Connolly's return to the Cork fold saw the Nemo Rangers clubman land 0-10 as the Rebels earned their return to the Munster final.

SEE ALSO: Paltry Coverage Of Big Games Shows The Sunday Game Isn't Doing Justice To Gaelic Football



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