The Allianz League is well and truly up and running following the second round of fixtures at the weekend. Here, Independent.ie’s Michael Verney picks his team of the weekend.
1. Ken O’Halloran (Cork)
The Rebel goalkeeper showed all the skills in his repertoire with excellent tactical kicking as well as some fine saves in their narrow win over Monaghan.
2. Alan Byrne (Wicklow)
When everything was going wrong around him, Byrne was a sea of calm for the Garden county and played a crucial role in their extraordinary comback win against Leitrim.
3. Paul McConway (Offaly)
The Offaly skipper was outstanding for the second week in a row as the miserly Faithful defence coughed up only 1-4 against an in-form Waterford side.
4. Cathal McCarron (Tyrone)
The Red Hand defender put on a clinical display at corner-back combining ferocious tackling with efficient counterattacking play as Tyrone downed Mayo.
5. Damien O’Reilly (Cavan)
O’Reilly typified the attacking half-backs of this generation bombing forward to kick two scores as Cavan powered past Laois in O’Moore Park.
6. Peter Acheson (Tipperary)
Limerick were held scoreless for the entire first-half with Acheson dominant at centre-back. The Moyle Rovers club man also foraged up the field to kick two points as the Peter Creedon’s side coasted to victory.
7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)
Despite only entering the fray in the 48th minute, McCaffrey’s contribution was telling and his electrifying goal turned the tables in favour of Jim Gavin’s side.
8. Mark Collins (Cork)
Collins was the dominant midfielder on display and set up Colm O’Neill’s key second-half goal as the Rebels edged Monaghan in St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney.
9. David Moran (Kerry)
Last year’s All Star midfielder continued where he left off in the All-Ireland final with a dominant display of fielding as himself and Johnny Buckley controlled the aerial duel against Derry.
10. Dean Rock (Dublin)
The Ballymun forward was impeccable from placed balls maintaining a narrow advantage for his side throughout before eventually pulling away and exacting revenge for their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal.
11. Bryan Sheehan (Kerry)
Sheehan once again displayed his sheer class from placed balls stroking over points from a variety of distances and angles as the Kingdom bested Derry in Celtic Park.
12. Andrew Tormey (Meath)
The Royal half-forward was the ‘go to’ man kicking four points as Meath powered to a Division 2 win over Leinster rivals Kildare.
13. Patrick Sweeney (Galway)
A great day for the Sweeney twins with Cathal solid at corner-back and Patrick scored a whopping 1-5 from open play and winning the crucial penalty in the Tribesmen’s one point victory over Westmeath.
14. Paul Geaney (Kerry)
The Dingle attacker was to the fore notching an impressive 1-5 from play as Kerry got their opening league points of the season.
15. Colm O’Neill (Cork)
Despite being well marshalled by Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie in the first-half, The Ballyclough predator exploded to life in the closing 35 minutes and his two goals were crucial as the Rebels maintained their unbeaten run in Division 1.