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Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh.
Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh.

Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh voted GAA.ie Footballer of the Week


Galway's Séan Andy Ó Ceallaigh has been voted GAA.ie Footballer of the Week.

The strapping full-back was heroically defiant for the Tribesmen when they lost the EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 Final against Dublin last weekend.

Ó Ceallaigh earned 3,529 on the GAA's Official Twitter (officialgaa), Facebook, and Instagram pages with Dublin's Eoin Murchan and Brian Howard second and third respectively.

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GAA.ie Footballer of the Week

1: Séan Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Galway) - 3,529 (56 per cent)

2: Eoin Murchan Dublin (Dublin) - 1,393 (22 per cent)

3: Brian Howard (Dublin) - 1,351 (22 per cent)

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Séan Andy Ó Ceallaigh produced a classic full-back performance full of defiance as he successfully limited the influence of Dublin’s danger-man Con O’Callaghan in last weekend's EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 Final.

Ó Ceallaigh used his physicality to great effect to dominate O’Callaghan under the dropping ball, but he proved too he is much more than a stopper.

Time and again he sought to inspire his team by bursting past Dublin tacklers and driving out of defence. It was the sort of heroic display that suggests he has a bright career as a senior county footballer ahead of him.

It looked like a physical mismatch when Eoin Murchan was given the task of shadowing Galway danger-man Micheál Daly in the All-Ireland U-21 Final.

Murchan was giving away a few inches in height and a few kilos in weight to Daly, but he stuck doggedly to his task and held Galway’s centre-forward to just a single point from play.

It was a master-class in man-marking as he snapped at Daly’s heels from the first minute until the last and made a number of crucial interceptions that snuffed out Galway attacking moves.

One of the keys to Dublin’s victory in the EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 Final victory was the dominance they established at midfield.

Brian Howard excelled in their engine-room, as he processed a huge amount of ball and was very influential in both attack and defence.

He drove Dublin forward time and again with his surging runs from deep, and capped a fine individual display with a well-taken point.

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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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