IT was a tougher than any opponent he ever faced during his long and illustrious playing career but just as he did when plucking a ball from the clouds, Kieran Donaghy rose to the challenge of picking his Kerry dream team.
The Austin Stacks man and former true blue attacker Alan Brogan were both invited by eirSport to pick their best Kerry and Dublin XV and, after much deliberations and some agonising moments, they both managed to do so.
Donaghy could yet incur the light-hearted wrath of former team-mates like Tomás Ó Sé, James O’Donoghue, Tom O’Sullivan, David Moran, Donnchadh Walsh, Diarmuid Murphy and Darran O’Sullivan who were all excluded but his biggest selection dilemma of all was whether to choose fellow Austin Stacks man John O’Keeffe or Seamus Moynihan at full back before he eventually gave the nod to the all-action Glenflesk man.
Also left out of his selection were green and gold legends of the calibre of Pat Spillane, Ogie Moran, John Egan, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Deenihan and Paudie Lynch but Eoin Liston did manage to make the cut – wearing the number 14 jersey that Donaghy later made his own.
Donaghy’s dream team has Charlie Nelligan in goal, the full back line comprises Marc Ó Se, Seamus Moynihan and Aidan O’Mahony and the half backs are Páidí Ó Sé, Mike McCarthy and Ger Power.
His midfield pairing pitches Jack O’Shea alongside Darragh Ó Sé and his forward line is Paul Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, Maurice Fitzgerald, Colm Cooper, Eoin Liston and Mikey Sheehy.
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Alan Brogan’s Dublin side has Stephen Cluxton in goal, Robbie Kelleher, Rory O’Carroll and Philly McMahon in the full back line and the defensive unit also includes Paul Curran, Bryan Cullen and James McCarthy.
Brian Mullins partners Sunday Game analyst Ciaran Whelan at midfield and the forward six are Anton O’Toole, Diarmuid Connolly, Paul Flynn, Barney Rock, Jimmy Keaveney and his own younger brother Bernard Brogan.
When eirSport asked the question whether the Kerry or Dublin team was better, Donaghy wasted no time with his reply: “Kerry, every time.”
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