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Seven representatives from Emo as six clubs feature on football Team of the Week

Paul Kingston retains his place in he side and is likely o line up in the full forward line alongside brother Donie

It might have been a quieter week than normal on the local club football front but there was still enough action to keep us entertained.

On Wednesday, Emo put in a scintillating performance to get the better of Arles-Killeen in their Laois SFC Round 1 replay and they are rewarded with no less than seven entries on this week’s Team of the Week. Arles-Killeen must be content with just a single representative.

The delayed IFC game on Friday between The Rock and Barrowhouse, a game narrowly won by The Rock, yields two players for each side while Monday’s JFC Round 1 game between Camross and Errill sees Camross with two players included and one for Errill.

The Laois club football championship action resumes this week – with Kilcavan and Ballylinan getting things underway with their Round 2 JFC tie.

Our full Team of the Week selection is below.

1 – Darragh Phelan (Barrowhouse)

Phelan has been involved with Laois underage panels and he was in good form for Barrowhouse, keeping a clean sheet during their Laois IFC opening round loss to The Rock on Friday night.

2 – Shane Murphy (Emo)

Murphy is a real livewire, one that can play in almost any position on the pitch. He was corner-back for Emo in their win over Arles-Killeen and his lively breaks out of defence set up numerous attacks.

3 – Jack Kelly (Errill)

Football is definitely Errill’s second love but Jack Kelly is a player most teams would love to have. Competitive, aggressive and well able to play football. Was Junior ‘B’ player of the year last year and well capable of playing at a higher level.

4 – Paddy Dunne (Emo)

Dunne is one of Emo’s unsung heroes but he was excellent again in their win over Arles-Killeen. Well able to get out in front of his man and another who can turn defence into attack quite quickly.

5 – Anavil Storey (The Rock)

The Rock did just enough to beat Barrowhouse in their opening round IFC game and they had a number of impressive performers. Among those was Anavil Storey who defended well and also came forward from wing-back to score an important point.

6 – Nigel Murphy (Emo)

Murphy played most of the game at wing-back but we move him across in the centre for the purpose of this team. Scored a couple of points, got on a lot of ball and was another whose pace caused Arles-Killeen a lot of problems.

7 – Michael Buckley (Camross)

The first of two Camross men on this week’s selection. Buckley got up and down the wing a lot during Camross’s opening round win over Errill and had a fine game in the process.

8 – Robert Tyrell (Camross)

Tyrell has represented Laois and underage level and that quality was evident in Camross’s opening round JFC win over Errill. Scored six points and is another who wouldn’t look out of place at a higher level.

9 – Darren Strong (Emo)

Emo dominated around midfield against Arles-Killeen in their replay and Strong was part of that. Kicked a great point on occasion in the opening half too.

10 – Stephen Norton (Emo)

The Longford native joined Emo this year and he made a big impact in their replay win over Arles-Killeen. Crashed home the goal that sealed the win but also kicked a couple of great points from play too.

11 – Aaron Dowling (The Rock)

Dowling will be a handful for any defender in the Laois IFC this year again and his six points were crucial in The Rock’s narrow win over Barrowhouse.

12 – Evan Costello (Emo)

A player who has suffered a lot with injury in recent years, he was in top form on Wednesday for Emo. Kicked a couple of great points from play as well as a couple of frees, including one long-range one from outside the ’45.

13 – Jack Owens (Emo)

Another new player for Emo this year, Owens is a talented young man who has also represented Ireland at soccer. Scored a couple of lovely points from play and offers them a new dimension inside alongside the ever-reliable Paul Lawlor.

14 – Paul Kingston (Arles-Killeen)

Paul Kingston is some man to take a goal and after a good year with Laois, he banged in another two for Arles-Killeen in their replay loss to Emo. Now the top scorer in the senior championship.

15 – Brian Malone (Barrowhouse)

Brian ‘Bugsy’ Malone was central to Barrowhouse’s comeback against The Rock in the opening round of the IFC and he also showed great bravery in winning a ball that led to one of their second-half goals.

SEE ALSO – Clough-Ballacolla lead the way on this week’s Hurling Team of the Week

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