After a busy weekend of senior hurling championship action, it’s time for the Roscommon Herald’s Team of the Week…
Goalkeeper: Kevin Kellehan (Tremane)
Didn’t put a foot wrong against Athleague.
Very reliable, for the most part, under the high ball but it’s the length he was able to get into his puckouts which proved to be a potent weapon in keeping Tremane on the front foot.
Right Corner-Back: Mike Feeley (St. Dominic’s)
Didn’t put a foot wrong against Oran, limiting the opposition to just two points from play over the hour.
Always vocal, a rock-solid display from the St. Dominic’s defender hinted at bigger things to come.
Full-Back: Peter Kellehan (Tremane)
The player who summed up Tremane’s attitude against their parish rivals.
While Tremane have plenty of skilful hurlers, Kellehan showed against Athleague that they’re not afraid to mix it physically either.
Lining out at number 6, he was the heartbeat of his side’s famous victory, always thinking on his feet and reading a number of different situations brilliantly.
Left Corner-Back: Cormac Coyle (Four Roads)
A solid showing from the Four Roads defender as Pearses found scores difficult to come by on home turf.
One of Four Roads’ promising underage talents, Coyle was at the heart of an impressive Four Roads display.
Right Half-Back: Shane Curley (Four Roads)
He lined out at midfield for the county champions last weekend but he wouldn’t need a Sat Nav to find his way around the half-back line.
Hard to believe that he was U-16 at the turn of the Millennium. His consistency for both club and county since then has been remarkable. Another three points from play ensured that Four Roads put Pádraig Pearses in the shade.
Centre-Back: Hugh Rooney (Oran)
A solid showing from the Castlerea man, even though his side tasted defeat against Knockcroghery.
But, in typical Oran style, Rooney proved to be a nuisance as Dominic’s struggled for rhythm up front.
Left-Half Back: Jason Martin (St. Dominic’s)
He played at centre-back but a place had to be found for Martin whose powerful presence ensured that Oran struggled to make any inroads.
His long-range free-taking could be an asset to Dominic’s if he becomes more consistent.
Midfield: Padraic Brennan (Tremane)
A livewire around the middle of the field, Brennan covered some amount of ground against the neighbours in the Athleague sunshine.
Always willing to track back to help out his defence, his use of possession was clever and incisive.
Midfield: Darragh Heavey (Athleague)
Three points from play at midfield, Heavey never stopped trying when it would have been easier to conserve energy for better days.
Worked very hard, and always made himself available as an outlet for possession.
Right-Half Forward: Cathal Dolan (Four Roads)
He missed a free at a crucial time but the sign of a good player is when he puts a miss to the back of his mind very quickly. Dolan was full of running to find the target twice, from play, in injury time to put the game to bed.
Rarely has a bad game, nine points was a significant contribution to Four Roads’ victory against Pádraig Pearses.
Centre-Forward: Niall Keenan (Tremane)
Keenan was liked a coiled spring for Saturday evening’s joust against Athleague.
Three points from play, even though he dropped back in front of his half-back line early in the game.
A player who appears to be thriving under Seamus Qualter’s managerial rein.
Left Half-Forward: Ben McGahon (Athleague)
Only for McGahon’s accuracy from frees, Athleague would be licking deeper wounds this week.
Conditions were perfect for free-takers on Saturday evening, but that didn’t stop the wing-forward from converting some difficult ones.
A personal haul of 0-12, albeit all from placed balls, was impressive.
Right Corner-Forward: Oisín Kelly (Pádraig Pearses)
Enhanced a burgeoning reputation with three points from play against Four Roads.
Kelly’s talent had been flagged up beforehand, and he didn’t disappoint with another impressive display.
Full-Forward: Mickey Joe Egan (St. Dominic’s)
The greatest compliment that one can pay to the St. Dominic’s number 14 is that he knows that he could have bagged more than 0-12 against Oran.
A few frees went astray but his contribution was still a huge asset to Dominic’s victory. His speed and directness will trouble any defence.
Left Corner-Forward: Cathal Kenny (Oran)
He ploughed a lonely furrow up front for Oran, but that didn’t stop Kenny making his mark with a fine display.
Always looked dangerous when furnished with possession.