SLIGO ATTACKER ADRIAN Marren and Tipperary hurler Padraic Maher received a boost ahead of their provincial final dates next Sunday when they were crowned the GAA GPA Player of the Month for June in their respective codes today in Croke Park.
The awards, sponsored by Opel, were given to the Yeats County forward Marren as he prepares for their Connacht SFC final date with Mayo next Sunday afternoon in Dr Hyde Park at 2pm and to Premier attacker Maher as he gets set for their Munster SHC decider against Waterford next Sunday afternoon in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 4pm.
Marren received the award on the back of his starring display for Sligo against Galway in their Connacht semi-final clash in Pearse Stadium in early June. The Curry clubman lined out at full-forward in that game and despite Galway’s position as strong favourites after their quarter-final thumping of Roscommon, he helped engineer a 2-14 to 0-15 success for his team.
Sligo trailed by 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time but turned the game around in the second-half with Marren helping as he fired a 54th minute penalty to the net and then grabbing his second goal three minutes from the finale as he ended with a scoring total of 2-6 to his name.
Patrick Maher being challenged by Cork’s Tom Kenny in their recent Munster semi-final tie. Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan
Tipperary forward Patrick Maher was rewarded for his performance as they just pipped Cork by 1-22 to 0-24 in their Munster semi-final tie in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on June 24th. The Lorrha-Dorrha club man had illustrated how vital he is to Declan Ryan’s side with his performance when introduced as a substitute against Limerick in their quarter-final tie at the end of May.
He was handed a starting berth against Cork at centre-forward and while he did not register on the scoresheet, his ball-winning and ball-carrying abilities meant he was constant threat to the Cork rearguard. One outstanding catch during the second-half proved crucial as it set in motion the move that lead to Noel McGrath striking the only goal of the game.