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MILLENNIUM MIDFIELDERS – Football Top 10 since 2000!

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Posted by Darren Kelly in Craic | Jun 2017

The high fielding powerful eight and nines may be replaced my mobile movers in the middle third. LiveGaelic.com looks at the 10 best midfielders since the turn of the millennium:

10. BRIAN FENTON (Dublin)

Only an under 21 in 2014, Fenton has established himself as probably the game’s current top midfielder. Was man of the match in the 2015 final and was a key member of the successful winning team 12 months later. Not the first Raheny man on our list.

9. AIDAN WALSH (Cork)

The former dual star returns to the football squad in 2017 after focusing solely on hurling matters the previous two seasons. His experience will be essential for a Cork outfit who had a dreadful 2016 and he is a survivor from their Sam Maguire win in 2010.

8. KEVIN WALSH (Galway)

The current county manager was known as Galway’s ‘Gentle Giant’ in a playing career that began with All-Ireland minor success in 1986. Was one of the main leaders when the Tribesmen ended a 32-year wait for Sam Maguire in 1998 and continued that influence into the new millennium.

7. CIARAN WHELAN (Dublin)

The other Raheny player, Whelan was unlucky not to pick up an All-Ireland medal playing with Dublin between 1996 and 2009. The tough tackling midfielder was known for his fielding ability and his ability to win possession.

6. NEIL GALLAGHER (Donegal)

‘Big Neil’ finally hung up his boots in February 2017 after injury forced him to bring down a 14-year career. Started with Donegal against the Underdogs and went on running games for Glenswilly and Donegal since 2003.

5. NICHOLAS MURPHY (Cork)

Retired in 2012 after a 16-year career that saw him compete in four All-Ireland finals including Cork’s win in 2010. His engine in the middle third pulled the Rebels through many tough battles and he also captained Munster to interprovincial success in 2008.

4. MICHAEL DARRAGH MACAULEY (Dublin)

An injury has derailed his 2017 plans which won’t help Dublin’s three-in-a-row ambitions, Macauley’s fitness has allowed him to play a pivotal role in their midfield. A consistent performer at the elite level since establishing himself in 2010.

3. PAUL McGRANE (Armagh)

The man who replaced Kieran McGeeney as Armagh captain, McGrane was one of the biggest influences during the Orchard County’s golden years that culminated in All-Ireland glory in 2002. A powerful midfielder who shirked no challenge.

2. SEAN CAVANAGH (Tyrone)

Still fighting for the cause for the Red Hands, 2017 will bring the curtain down on a remarkable career. Cavanagh is the remaining link from the breakthrough team of 2003 and will leave a legacy as player, character and leader.

1. DARRAGH O SE (Kerry)

They debate in pubs across the Kingdom who is the best between Mick O’Connell, Jack O’Shea or Darragh O Se. Played 81 times for Kerry, all in midfield, and was the driving force behind six Kerry All-Ireland wins.

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