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Waterford and Mayo stars bag semi-final edition Player of the Month awards

Cillian O’Connor and Stephen Bennett have both been in exceptional form for their sides.

Cillian O'Connor and Stephen Bennett.
Cillian O'Connor and Stephen Bennett.
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WATERFORD HURLER STEPHEN Bennett and Mayo footballer Cillian O’Connor have won the semi-final edition of the PwC GAA/GPA Players of the Month awards.

This is a special award in 2020 to acknowledge the performances of some of the best talent in the GAA in what is a shorter than usual inter-county season.

Both players have produced standout performances for their respective teams in the run-up to the All-Ireland finals.

Bennett bagged 1-10 for the Déise in their stunning comeback victory over Kilkenny which booked their place in the All-Ireland SHC final against Limerick.

The Ballysaggart star has been a consistent scoring outlet for Liam Cahill’s charges in 2020 as they seek to end a 61-year wait for Liam MacCarthy success this Sunday.

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pwc-gaa-gpa-hurling-player-of-the-month-semi-finals Stephen Bennett with his award. Source: Sam Barnes/SPORTSFILE

Meanwhile, Cillian O’Connor continues to deliver for Mayo as they prepare to face old rivals in the Sam Maguire decider.

He helped himself to 4-9 as James Horan’s side outgunned Tipperary in the semi-final last weekend.

pwc-gaagpa-football-player-of-the-month-semi-finals Cillian O'Connor holding up his Player of the Month award. Source: David Fitzgerald/SPORTSFILE

“To win these awards for their All-Ireland semi-final displays and to be recognised by their fellow players is a testament to the outstanding contributions that Cillian and Stephen made to their teams. They are both hugely deserving winners of these PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month Awards,” said GPA Chief Executive Paul Flynn.

The PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month Awards are voted for by the GPA’s membership.

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