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McGuinness takes weekly GAA.ie Football prize

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

With four football games taking place in Croke Park over the weekend, there were plenty of candidates for our weekly honours.

Here's our GAA.ie Football Team of the Week

James O'Donoghue (Kerry) Alan Dillon (Mayo) and Christopher McGuinness (Monaghan) were the three players nominated for our Football Player of the Week vote on our official Facebook and Twitter pages, but after a tight struggle wit Dillon, McGuinness has come out on top.

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GAA.IE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

1. Christopher McGuinness (Monaghan) - 1152 votes (42.7%)
2. Alan Dillon (Mayo) - 1099 votes (40.6%)
3. James O'Donoghue (Kerry) - 450 votes (16.7%)

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McGuinness took 43% of the total vote, just enough to see him finish ahead of Dillon. On a rainy night in Dublin on Saturday, McGuinness stood up and delivered for Monaghan against Kildare to help them to their first championship win at Croke Park in over 80 years.

McGuinness played in the full-forward line, and he contributed a crucial tally of 1-3 from play in his side's two-point win. His extra-time goal was the most important score in the game, and he has become a key member of a Monaghan attack in which competition for places is now fierce.

Dillon finished with 41% of the vote after a highly accomplished display in Mayo's quarter-final win over Cork. Operating within a tiny pocket of space around the 45 metre line, Dillon picked off four crucial, clever points from play at vital stages of the game. His coolness under pressure and big-game temperament will likely prove vital to Mayo as we enter the final stages of the season.

In third place was Kerry's new star James O'Donoghue. Whatever about how he compares with Colm Cooper, there is no denying that O'Donoghue reached a level against Galway that is only reached by the greatest of players. His first-half goal was majestic, and was a reflection of an outstanding player at the top of his craft. He also hit five points from play and he is an early frontrunner for Footballer of the Year.

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




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