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3 of Ballintubber’s unsung hereos


Mike Finnerty

Brendan Walsh

THE experienced shot-stopper has been solid as a rock during Ballintubber’s run to the Connacht Final.
Across their nine matches so far, Walsh has only conceded four goals and kept five clean sheets, so it was no surprise to see that the 30 year-old has been nominated for a Club Stars award.
His late intervention in the County Final was also as important as it was dramatic — when he came charging off his line to punch the ball clear as Breaffy’s Aidan O’Shea loitered with intent.
Walsh’s kick-outs against Corofin next Sunday will have a big bearing on the outcome.

Brian Murphy
THE 25 year-old has built up quite a reputation over the last few years as Ballintubber’s ‘go-to’ man-marker in their full-back line.
And Murphy has held a string of big name forwards either quiet or scoreless (or both) again this season with Brian Reape, Neil Douglas and Gareth Dunne among those he matched up to.
He’s got the pace and the touch-tight skills that make him the quintessential sticky corner-back, and he seems tailor-made to pick up Corofin’s All Star, Ian Burke, on Sunday.
Watch out as well for his trademark bursts up the field as he loves to join the attack and get on the ball when Ballintubber are on the front foot.

Bryan Walsh
IT’S not that long ago that the 22 year-old Ballintubber half-forward suffered a serious injury in a club Under-21 game at MacHale Park and was stretchered off the field before spending a long time out of action.
However, the talented attacker has really found his best form over the last few months with Kevin Johnson giving Walsh his opportunity in Ballintubber’s biggest games of the year.
The seamless way in which he slotted into the forwardline has been very impressive, and his ability to win breaks, beat defenders, and deliver pin-point passes to the inside line have caught the eye a lot.