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6 Players To Watch Ahead Of The All-Ireland Minor Football Quarterfinals

6 Players To Watch Ahead Of The All-Ireland Minor Football Quarterfinals
By Joshua Bell Curran Updated
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It's that time of the year again. The grass is green, the sun is out, and the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championships are in full swing. This weekend it's all or nothing as the eight provincial finalists face off in the quarter-finals. Ahead of all the heavyweight action, we have six youngsters you'd be well served to keep an eye on.

Lenny Cahill - Dublin

The Castleknock man proved unstoppable as Kildare fell to Dublin in the Leinster Final, where the astute corner forward scored seven of Dublin's nineteen points and bagged himself the player of the match award in the process. While Cahill is a lethal point-scorer, if he's given any space at all he can create goals just as easily, with this cheeky chip coming against Westmeath earlier in the Leinster MFC.

@clubbersportsCheekiest of chips last night from Dublin’s Lenny Cahill 😮‍💨😮‍💨😮‍💨 Watxh the full game on ClubberTV NOW! 📺www.clubber.com♬ Don't Wanna Know (feat. Di & Skibadee) (feat. Di & Skibadee) - Shy FX & T-Power

Rio Mortimer - Mayo 

Son of Mayo legend Kenneth Mortimer, Claremorris man Rio is forging his own path in minor football. He featured on last year's minor team of the year despite playing up a year, with the defender captaining the Mayo minor side this year. He has shone in Mayo's iron-clad defence so far, with the corner-back even sneaking up for a point against Galway in the Connacht semi-final.


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Ben Murphy - Kerry 


The Kingdom is alive and Ben Murphy is at the centre of it. The Austin Stacks man plays full-back for Kerry but creates chances like a midfielder. His confidence on the ball and penetrating runs were at the centre of Kerry's two pivotal goals over Cork that saw them win 2-10 to 0-11 in the Munster Final. His minor football game-changing performance earned him the POTM award.

2 June 2023; Ben Murphy of Kerry is presented with the Electric Ireland Player of the Match award by TG4 analyst and former Cork footballer Paddy Kelly following his performance in the 2023 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Final match between Cork and Kerry at Austin Stack Park in Kerry. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Conall Higgins - Derry

The Derry full-forward is nothing but cool and calm under the utmost pressure. With Derry down a point in the dying moments of their minor football Ulster final against Monaghan, it was Higgins who came up with the goods converting a high-pressure free to send the game to penalties. All this came just moments before he netted the winning penalty in a fashion that has to be seen to be believed.

Darragh Beirne - Mayo

Also a Claremorris man, Beirne had been nothing short of phenomenal for the Mayo minors. He scored five of Mayo's thirteen points in the Connacht final, with three of them coming from play. As well as his personal haul, the nippy corner-forward was awarded the POTM award to take home to the mantlepiece.

Jamie Mooney - Monaghan 

The Monaghan goalkeeper is up there with the best at shot-stopping. Monaghan have went to penalties twice already and Mooney has shone with his heroics. His four wonderous penalty saves proved to be the difference in Monaghan's win over Tyrone in the Ulster semifinal and the netminder came up with more brilliant saves when they lost to Derry. As minor football keepers go Mooney has it all.



The first of the minor football quarter-finals kick-off at 13:00 this Saturday as Cork take on Dublin in Nowlan Park Kilkenny. Straight after the first game, Nowlan Park will also host Kerry v Kildare with throw-in set for 15:00. There'll be no time to catch your breath with Derry taking on Galway at 15:30 in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Leitrim. Finally, Mayo will take on Monaghan at 17:15 in Leitrim as well.

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