The Sunday Game panel has selected Dublin's Con O'Callaghan as their top footballer for 2019, with the All-Ireland champions providing the bulk of their Team of the Year.

Kerry ace David Clifford was chosen as Young Player of the Year, while Ciarán Kilkenny was named man of the match in the replay victory over Kerry, but neither man could find a place in a highly competitive forward unit.

In total there are seven Dubs, three Kerry men, two apiece from Tyrone and Mayo while Michael Murphy is Donegal's sole representation.

Sunday Game Team of the Year

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) 

Won the last of his All Stars six years ago, but the five in a row captain looks well placed to end that drought. A penalty save against Paul Geaney in the drawn final and crucial block to deny Stephen O'Brien in the replay illustrated the gifted distributor remains a supreme shot-stopper.

2. Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin)

Somewhat of an unheralded figure in Dublin's continued success, the Cuala man was outstanding in the replay and arguably the team's most consistent defender over the championship.

3. Ronan McNamee (Tyrone)

A lynchpin in the Tyrone rearguard and player who generally excels in any challenge that comes his way. A fine year despite his team falling short at the penultimate stage.

4. Tom O'Sullivan (Kerry)

A real find for Kerry and living up to the path worn by his namesake in the previous decade and was assigned some difficult marking jobs throughout the summer. Acquitted himself superbly throughout before struggling, as most have done before him, against Con O'Callaghan in the replay. An attacking weapon to boot.

5. Paddy Durcan (Mayo)

The Mayo wing back was eye-catching throughout his county's latest journey and is now one of the main leaders in the group. 

6. Colm Boyle (Mayo)

The second Mayo representative in the half-back line, the 33-year-old rolled back the years with his consistent levels of performance.

7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Another scintillating campaign from the Clontarf man. Scorched Cork for a goal in the Super 8s and plundered 1-03 against Kerry in the drawn final. Rarely fails to deliver.

8. Brian Fenton (Dublin)

Masterful in the second-half demolition of Mayo, Fenton has become the standard bearer for the modern midfielder. Subdued in the drawn final, he bounced back well in the replay and remarkably is still yet to taste championship defeat.

9. David Moran (Kerry)

Little doubt that Fenton and David Moran were the two outstanding players in their position in 2019. Lit up Killarney against Mayo in the Super 8s, and was superb in the drawn final against Dublin when the game was in the melting pot. On his day simply unplayable.

10. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

Donegal's captain, best player and spiritual leader. Could legitimately be named in any number of positions such is his versatility. 

11. Sean O'Shea (Kerry)

A deadball specialist, but so much more than that. Has clearly bulked up since his first year at senior football in 2018 and was able to deal with a physical Tyrone approach in the semi-final. 10 points in the drawn game and not a single wide, he is the archetypal centre-forward.

12. Brian Howard (Dublin)

Raheny has its second representation and Howard has taken his level of performance to a new level in 2019. Dominant in the air, Howard has a knack of always making the correct decision whether in attack or defence.

13. Paul Mannion (Dublin)

The only blot on his copybook in 2019 was the drawn final, but he still picked off two points and provided for others. Perhaps the best tackling forward in the game and Dublin's deadliest marksmen from range.

14. Cathal McShane (Tyrone)

Mickey Harte tinkered with his gameplan this season and that was largely down to the ability of Cathal McShane on the edge of the square. Stationed at full-forward, his ability to win possession and keep the scoreboard ticking over was key to his county's run to a semi-final.

15. Con O'Callaghan (Dublin)

What a season for the Cuala forward. Has changed physically in 12 months, but the silky skills, accuracy, pace and ability to hold off defenders has only improved. Still only 23 years of age.