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9 awards for Dublin as 2020 All-Star football team is named

Cavan, Mayo and Tipperary also have players honoured.

ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS Dublin lead the way with nine players in the 2020 PwC GAA-GPA All-Star football team.

pjimage (5) Sweeney, McCarthy, O'Connor and Galligan are amongst the winners. Source: INPHO

The team has been announced this morning with Dublin, who won Sam Maguire for the sixth successive year, supplying the bulk of the team.

Defenders Michael Fitzsimons, James McCarthy, John Small and Eoin Murchan are honoured along with star midfielder Brian Fenton. The attacking quartet of Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan and Dean Rock complete the line-up.

Ulster champions Cavan are rewarded for their superb season with three winners in Raymond and Thomas Galligan, and defender Padraig Faulkner. Defeated All-Ireland finalists Mayo have two players chosen in Oisin Mullin and Cillian O’Connor while Tipperary’s Conor Sweeney completes the team. 

There are eight players honoured for the first time in the Galligan cousins, Mullin, Faulkner, Small, Murchan, Scully and Sweeney while the Dublin trio of Fitzsimons, Fenton and O’Callaghan are the only representatives from 2019 to be awarded again.

michael-fitzsimons-llifts-the-sam-maguire Michael Fitzsimons lifts the Sam Maguire Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

It is a landmark selection for Cavan with three recipients as Ollie Brady (1978) and Dermot McCabe (1997) are the county’s only previous winners. Conor Sweeney joins Declan Browne (1998 and 2003) and Michael Quinlivan (2016) by becoming the third Tipperary footballer to secure this award.

padraic-faulkner Cavan footballer Padraig Faulkner. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

But it is Dublin’s dominance that is the key feature in this team. Fenton moves into elite company in winning his fifth award while McCarthy and Kilkenny are both honoured for the fourth time.

2020 Football All-Star Team

Goalkeeper

1. Raymond Galligan (Cavan – Lacken)

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Defenders

2. Oisin Mullin (Mayo – Kilmaine)
3. Padraig Faulkner (Cavan – Kingscourt Stars)
4. Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin – Cuala) – Previous winner in 2017 and 2019.

5. James McCarthy (Dublin – Ballymun Kickhams) – Previous winner in 2014, 2017 and 2018.
6. John Small (Dublin – Ballymun Kickhams)
7. Eoin Murchan (Dublin – Na Fianna)

Midfielders

8. Brian Fenton (Dublin – Raheny) – Previous winner in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
9. Thomas Galligan (Cavan – Lacken)

Forwards

10. Niall Scully (Dublin – Templeogue Synge Street)
11. Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin – Castleknock) – Previous winner in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
12. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin – Cuala) – Previous winner in 2017 and 2019.

13. Cillian O’Connor (Mayo – Ballintubber) – Previous winner in 2014.
14. Conor Sweeney (Tipperary – Ballyporeen)
15. Dean Rock (Dublin – Ballymun Kickhams) – Previous winner in 2016 and 2017.

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