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GAA: Football Team Of The Weekend After Round 3 Of The Allianz NFL

While the weather meant that some of the games had to be postponed, there was plenty of top-quality action around the country over the weekend.

With most teams having completed three rounds in the National League, Dublin and Galway sit on top of Division 1 as the tables begin to take shape.

Cork and Down are in pole position for a spot in the Division 2 final as the league takes a break off this weekend.

Here, we look at the standout performers from round 3 of the Allianz National Football League.

1. Ryan Price (Cork)

Price came in for his first start of the Allianz League and was outstanding when the pressure was on the Rebels, pulling off a number of saves. While manager Ronan McCarthy was less than impressed with his side’s win over Louth, Cork are sitting pretty at the top of Division 2.

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2. Eoghan Kerin (Galway)

The Annaghdown club man was in terrific form getting the better of Conor Loftus in Galway’s win over Mayo.

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3. David Hyland (Kildare)

Hyland was the rock for Lillywhites and tried his best to deny a Tyrone victory, however the Red Hand got over the line – just about.

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4. Eoghan Ban Gallagher (Donegal)

The Donegal man was in fine form driving forward whenever he got a chance setting up numerous counter-attacks.

The Tir Conaill men fell short in their Croke Park tussle with All-Ireland champions Dublin losing 0-20 to 0-15.

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5. Darren O’Hagan (Down)

The Down captain led by example being disciplined at the back and even got on the scoresheet in his team’s win over Roscommon.

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6. Robbie Kiely (Tipperary)

The Carbery Rangers clubman put in another influential display dictating the play as Tipp left Ennis with a point.

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7. Cian Kiely (Cork)

The lively wing-back caused Louth all sort of problems with his constant movement and even got one of Cork’s goals in the seven-point success.

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8. Brendan Murphy (Carlow)

Carlow look primed for promotion and Murphy was the main man on target with 0-05 in the convincing win over Leitrim on Saturday night.

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9. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

Donnelly was the hero kicking an outrageous 76th-minute winner to secure a much-needed win for Mickey Harte’s men.

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10. Niall Scully (Dublin)

Scully tormented the Tir Chonaill defence clipping over 0-04 as the Dubs kept their winning run going.

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11. Damien Comer (Galway)

Since Comer has been appointed Galway captain, he has upped his performances and finished with 0-02 to his name.

He was everywhere even doing a tactical man-marking job on Aidan O’Shea.

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12. Niall Sludden (Tyrone)

Mickey Harte will be delighted that Sludden has rediscovered his form last year notching over 0-03 in Newbridge.

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13. Patrick McBrearty (Donegal)

Rated currently as the best footballer in Ireland by many, McBrearty put in a heroic performance against the Dubs landing 0-07.

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14. Ethan Raftery (Armagh)

In the absence of Jamie Clarke, Raftery has been on form sending over 1-04 against Longford in a slender one-point win.

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15. Colm Basquel (Dublin)

Basquel looks to be the next youngster to break into Jim Gavin’s side after an impressive outing on Saturday night.

Paul Shaughnessy, Pundit Arena

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Paul Shaughnessy is a keen follower of Galway United, Galway GAA and Connacht Rugby.