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3 players who caught our eye in the County Final

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STEPHEN O’MALLEY
Ballintubber
THE man they call ‘Bales’ in Ballintubber GAA circles delivered another busy performance last Saturday night.
After a relatively quiet semi-final against Ballina, the 22 year-old corner-forward bounced back with three excellent points from play, along with winning a host of possession in the inside line.
The man from Ballyburke in Killawalla also picked up a yellow card after only a couple of minutes for not wearing a gumshield. Luckily there was one in the Ballintubber colours going spare in the dugout!
O’Malley alsoalso kicked two wides, one in either half, but can feel more than pleased with his role in winning his second senior championship medal.

GARY LOFTUS
Ballintubber
THE corner-back won his first Mayo senior championship medal back in 2010 when he started with number two on his back; last Saturday he won his fifth wearing the same number.
The 30 year-old has shown remarkable consistency throughout this decade and his performance marking the former Footballer of the Year, Andy Moran, showed he still has the appetite for the battle.
The Rostigue, Carnacon man limited Moran to two points from play, hassling him and harrying him wherever he went.

CORMAC DOOHAN
Ballaghaderreen
TWELVE months to the day last Saturday night, Cormac Doohan lined out in Parnell Park, Dublin as part of the TG4 Underdogs team who took on the All-Ireland champions, Dublin.
Neither night ended in success for Doohan, but his performance for Ballaghaderreen in their first County Final since 2012 did his reputation no harm.
The pacey inside forward hit 1-1 and covered serious ground in an impressive display.
The goal arrived after 26 minutes after a long ball in resulted in the number 13 beating ‘Tubber ’keeper Brendan Walsh in a foot race, going around him, and finishing into the top corner from a difficult angle.
At the time it gave Ballagh’ a huge lift and they looked the better of the two teams, but as hard as he tried, Doohan couldn’t get on the scoresheet in the second half.

Ger Flanagan

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