Wicklow duo named in GAA.ie team of the week

Wicklow goalkeeper Mark Jackson and centre half-back Dean Healy have been named in the GAA.ie team of the week.

The Garden County pair have been rewarded following heroic displays in Wicklow’s 1-20 to 1-15 win against Offaly in the Leinster Senior Football Championship on Sunday evening.

John Evans’ side went into half-time in yesterday’s game trailing 1-5 to 0-5, before a spirited fightback in the second-half saw the game go into extra-time at 1-11 to 0-14.

Wicklow turned on the style in extra-time to score a further 1-6, while restricting Offaly to just four points. The win was Wicklow’s first SFC victory in five years and means that Wicklow will play against Dublin in the quarter-finals in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Sunday, the 27th of May.

Jackson put in a man-of-the-match display in the Wicklow goal, keeping Offaly at bay with a string of excellent saves as well as scoring 0-7 – more than any other Wicklow player.

Meanwhile, Healy put in a talismanic performance at centre half-back, acting as the driving force in the Wicklow engine room as well as contributing a valuable point towards his county’s surprise victory.

GAA.ie Team of the Week in full: Mark Jackson (Wicklow); Eoghan Kerin (Galway), Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh (Galway), Caolan Ward (Donegal); Stephen Attride (Laois), Dean Healy (Wicklow), Ryan McHugh (Donegal); Ciaran Duggan (Galway), Gearóid McKiernan (Cavan); Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Paul Broderick (Carlow), Diarmuid Walshe (Carlow); Paddy McBrearty (Donegal), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Donie Kingston (Laois).

 

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