Donegal's Michael Murphy (football) and Laois' Stephen Maher (hurling) have won the GAA/GPA Player of the Month awards for May.

The selections, chosen by the inter-county playing body, recognise the individual contributions made by both players for their respective counties during the month.

Donegal captain Michael Murphy put in a man-of-the-match performance against Derry, helping his county clinch a place in the Ulster SFC semi-finals. 

Stephen Maher and his Laois team-mates almost pulled off a massive upset in the Leinster SHC clash against Galway. 

Despite losing the match by a two-point margin, Maher scored 0-03 on the day, and was instrumental in driving his county’s spirited performance against the Tribesmen.

GAA President Liam Ó Néill said: “The onset of our championships brings with it stellar performances and our two winners this month certainly contributed to the bright start we’ve had to both the football and hurling championships. 

“Michael Murphy has long been a leader for Donegal, despite his relative youth, and his latest offering against Derry was in keeping with his leadership qualities.

"I’m particularly pleased for Stephen Maher, whose display against Galway was excellent. Laois continue to progress and he has a role to play in that process.”