GAA.ie FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES Mick O'Grady (Kildare)
Mick was also chosen for the team of the week.
Laois forward Donie Kingston rightly won the plaudits for his display in the drawn game against the Lilywhites, but Kildare had a plan for him in the replay, and it was brilliantly executed by their full-back Mick O'Grady on Saturday night. O'Grady stuck to Kingston like a limpet throughout in O'Connor Park, and his sticky man-marking job worked. Although Kingston managed a second half goal, it was about the only bit of space he was given in the entire match, as O'Grady led a very well-organised collective effort in shutting down the talented Kingston. Kildare's victory was built on solid defence, ultimately, and O'Grady was the leader at the back.