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GAA.ie Footballer of the Week Andy Moran.
GAA.ie Footballer of the Week Andy Moran.

Andy Moran voted GAA.ie Footballer of the Week

Mayo's Andy Moran has been voted GAA.ie Footballer of the Week.

The veteran Mayo forward earned 8,605 votes on the GAA’s Official Twitter (@officialgaa), Facebook, and Instagram pages with colleague Keith Higgins second and Kerry's Kieran Donaghy third.

GAA.ie Footballer of the Week

1: Andy Moran (Mayo) - 8,605 (54 per cent)

2: Keith Higgins (Mayo) - 3,896 (25 per cent)

3: Kieran Donaghy (Kerry) - 3,315 (21 per cent)

Andy Moran has been in sensational form this summer for Mayo and he saved his best performance yet for Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final against Kerry.

He finished with a seriously impressive tally of 1-5 from play, but was a creator as much as finisher as time and again he won hard ball and set up another 1-3 of Mayo’s 2014 total.

The Ballaghaderreen man is now 33, but age isn’t much of a barrier to excellence when you have the sort of footballing brain that he does.

Keith Higgins produced another top-quality performance in a summer of them for Mayo on Sunday.

Playing in the half-back line, not only did he snuff out many dangerous situations, he also got Mayo on the front-foot with his ability to attack at pace from deep positions.

And when the game was in the melting pot and Kerry came looking for a point that would have sealed the win, he made a brilliant tackle that stripped Paul Geaney of possession before he could shoot.

Mayo were very worried about Kieran Donaghy going into Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final, so much so that they decided to reinvent Aidan O’Shea as a full-back and asked him to man-mark the Kerry full-forward.

It’s safe to say that was a gamble that didn’t pay off, because Donaghy was Kerry’s most influential player on the day.

He scored just a point himself but was involved in another 2-5 of Kerry’s 2-14 total as he won a huge amount of ball and used it very judiciously.

*Players of the Week are decided based on votes cast by followers of @officialgaa on Twitter, on the Official GAA Facebook Page and on the Official GAA Instagram page.  *

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