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Donegal dominate All-Star football nominations with 12 players selected

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Oct 2012 11:29 | Comments

Karl Lacey is one of three Donegal players on the shortlist for Player of the Year
Karl Lacey is one of three Donegal players on the shortlist for Player of the Year

All-Ireland champions Donegal have dominated the GAA GPA Football All-Star nominations, with 12 of Jimmy McGuinness’ charges making the shortlist.

Beaten finalists Mayo have ten players in the mix, with captain Andy Moran – who suffered a season-ending injury in the quarter-final against Down – among those in with a chance in the full-forwards section.

Unsurprisingly, beaten semi-finalists Cork (7) and Dublin (6) make up most of the rest of the nominees.

However, Longford’s progress under Glenn Ryan is also recognised by the nominations of Michael Quinn and Paul Barden.

The winning 15 players will be selected on Wednesday, 24 October.

Meanwhile, the Footballer of the Year will definitely come from the Sam Maguire Cup winners, with Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn the three men still in contention.

Their team-mate Paddy McBrearty is in with a chance of landing the Young Footballer of the Year award, but he will have to beat off competition from Meath’s Donal Keogan and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo.

Nominees for the 2012 GAA GPA Football All-Star team

Goalkeepers: David Clarke (Mayo); Stephen Cluxton (Dublin); Paul Durcan (Donegal).

Full-backs: Eoin Cadogan (Cork); Ger Cafferkey (Mayo); Keith Higgins (Mayo); Donal Keogan (Meath); Eamon McGee (Donegal); Neil McGee (Donegal); Paddy McGrath (Donegal); Rory O’Carroll (Dublin); Michael Shields (Cork).

Half-backs: Emmet Bolton (Kildare); Colm Boyle (Mayo); Adrian Flynn (Wexford); Lee Keegan (Mayo); Karl Lacey (Donegal); Frank McGlynn (Donegal); Kevin Nolan (Dublin); Michael Quinn (Longford); Anthony Thompson (Donegal).

Midfielders: Neil Gallagher (Donegal); Rory Kavanagh (Donegal); Barry Moran (Mayo); Aidan O’Shea (Mayo); Brendan Quigley (Laois); Aidan Walsh (Cork).

Half-forwards: Paul Barden (Longford); Alan Dillon (Mayo); Paul Flynn (Dublin); Paul Kerrigan (Cork); Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin); Mark McHugh (Donegal); Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo); Graham Reilly (Meath); Ciarán Sheehan (Cork).

Full-forwards: Bernard Brogan (Dublin); Jamie Clarke (Armagh); Colm Cooper (Kerry); Conor Laverty (Down); Colm McFadden (Donegal); Andy Moran (Mayo); Michael Murphy (Donegal); Donncha O’Connor (Cork); Colm O’Neill (Cork).

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