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FOOTBALL TEAM OF YEAR SO FAR – April 2017

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Posted by Darren Kelly in Craic | May 2017

With the leagues and the Connacht championship about to commence, LiveGaelic.com looks at our top 15 footballers this season:

1. DAVID CLARKE (Mayo)

– Mayo’s player of the league with a string of stunning saves. Still can’t believe he was dropped for the All-Ireland final replay.

2. PHILLY McMAHON (Dublin)

– A consistent performer in a Dublin defence that went 36 games unbeaten. Defeat to Kerry will only add to their desire.

3. JOHNNY McCARTHY (Limerick)

– We like our gems from smaller counties and Limerick’s full back played a key role in them recovering from a poor start.

4. ROBBIE KIELY (Tipperary)

– Produced a dominant defensive display in the league final against Louth to force his way into the side.

5. JAMES McCARTHY (Dublin)

– Despite injury hampering his spring, McCarthy returned to the Dublin line-up and was one of their stand out players in the league final.

6. EOIN DOYLE (Kildare)

– The Kildare captain has led by example in the Lilywhites’ promotion and will spearhead their Leinster campaign.

7. TADHG MORLEY (Kerry)

– Forced a league final save from Stephen Cluxton and gave Ciaran Kilkenny trouble as Kerry picked up silverware.

8. DAVID MORAN (Kerry)

– Footballer of the Week following Kerry’s success, some pundits described his display against Dublin as ‘phenomenal.’

9. GER EGAN (Westmeath)

– Hit 1-2 in their league final win over Wexford and Egan became Westmeath’s first winning captain in nine years.

10. DARA McVEETY (Cavan)

– Scored a crucial goal against Kerry and performed strongly for the Breffni men in Division One.

11. NIGEL DUNNE (Offaly)

– Another gem under the radar, Dunne scored 1-29 during the league including four points in helping relegate Laois.

12. STEFAN CAMPBELL (Armagh)

– A recent injury can’t hide his quality season and will be back for the Orchard men ahead of their championship clash with Down.

13. CJ McGOURTY (Antrim)

– Even though the Saffrons were relegated, McGourty made a stunning return following a two-year absence with quality displays in Division Three.

14. JOHN HESLIN (Westmeath)

– Scored 3-60 in eight games, produced double digit tallies three times, and kicked three from play in the league final.

15. ROBBIE SMYTH (Longford)

– 0-39 in the league including many crucial scores including their final outing against Antrim ensured Longford preserved their Division Three status.

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