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Sunday Game's Gaelic Football Team Of The Year Revealed

Sunday Game's Gaelic Football Team Of The Year Revealed
Conor McKenna
By Conor McKenna
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2020 has been a very strange year, but the outcome of the All-Ireland Championship was as predictable as ever, as a final quarter surge saw Dublin claim a record sixth consecutive title.

This was Mayo's 10th final to lose, since last winning in 1951 and it looked set to be an awful day for James Horan's side, when Dean Rock palmed to the net after 12 seconds.

The Sunday Game named their team of the year last night with Dublin accounting for nine of the players selected. Three Mayo players made the cut, along with two from Cavan and Tipperary's Conor Sweeney.

Ciaran Kilkenny was named as Footballer of the Year and Kevin McStay felt the Castleknock playmaker has added a strong scoring dimension to his game.


"He's had a great season, but I really felt his second half effort's today, where he imposed himself, after difficulties with Paddy Durcan (in first half), he drove them on. The big players stand up and he did it,"

"He's had a fantastic year. I have him down for (scoring) about 1-19 or 1-20. That's the big thing he added to his game. He improved again as a fantastic footballer. He added another layer to his whole performances this year," McStay said when speaking on the Saturday Game last night.



Former Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh echoed McStay's sentiments and believes Kilkenny is one of the games best all-round footballers.

"Probably one of the most complete players in the game and has been over the last 5-8 years. A crucial part of the six in a row and fantastic. He's added scores to his link play," Cavanagh said.


Ciaran Kilkenny, Con O'Callaghan and Brian Fenton, were the three names shortlisted for the Sunday Games Player of the Year, with all three of them highly likely to be in the running for the official accolade.


Here's the the team in full:

Goalkeeper: Raymond Galligan (Cavan)

Fullback line: Oisin Mullin (Mayo), Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin), Paddy Durcan (Mayo)


Half-back line: James McCarthy (Dublin), Eoin Murchan (Dublin), John Small (Dublin)

Midfield: Brian Fenton (Dublin), Thomas Galligan (Cavan)

Half-forward line: Niall Scully (Dublin), Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin), Con O'Callaghan (Dublin)


Full-forward line: Cillian O'Connor (Mayo), Conor Sweeney (Tipperary), Dean Rock (Dublin)

Sunday Game Footballer of the Year: Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)

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