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Published: 07:49 | 1/11/18

Cluxton overlooked as Dublin dominate All-Stars


All-Ireland Champions Dublin dominate the 2018 All-Star football team with seven but goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton has been overlooked once again.

In September Cluxton became the first man to lift the Sam Maguire on four occasions but it is five years since he claimed an All-Star with Monaghan's Rory Beggan getting the nod in 2018.

Beggan contributed 0-18 as Monaghan reached the All-Ireland semi-finals but it will be Cluxton's omission that will be the main talking point as he has missed out in each of the last four years.

As expected Jim Gavin's men lead the way with seven honours - Jonny Cooper, James McCarthy, Jack McCaffrey, Brian Fenton, Brian Howard, Paul Mannion, Ciaran Kilkenny - while beaten All-Ireland finalists Tyrone picked up just two awards as Colm Cavanagh and Padraig Hampsey are recognised for their contributions.

Beggan is joined in the team by his Monaghan team-mates Karl O'Connell and Conor McManus with Ryan McHugh (Donegal), Ian Burke (Galway) and David Clifford (Kerry) completing the list.

“The PwC All-Stars are a byword for excellence and high standards. An All-Star is an award that is guaranteed to stand the test of time and those fortunate to be ranked among the best of the best join a most distinguished group of GAA heroes," GAA president John Horan said.

“I congratulate all of those who have been nominated and especially chosen in the final 15. This is a huge moment in the career of any player, and equally means so much to their families, their counties and also the clubs who set them out on this road.”

Paul Flynn, GPA CEO added: “Congratulations to those who have picked up awards this year. I know from personal experience what a huge honour it is to receive an All-Star and what it means to players to be recognised for their outstanding performances throughout the year. Gaelic Football is continuously evolving and the hard work and determination that has been displayed by these players throughout the season is testament to that.

“Each All-Star winner, the nominees, and their team mates, have contributed to a fantastic 2018 competition and for that we are all grateful. Well done and congratulations to our 2018 Football All Stars.”

2018 PwC Football All-Stars

Goalkeeper:
1.Rory Beggan (Monaghan)

Defenders:
2. Jonny Cooper (Dublin)

3. Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone)

4. Padraig Hampsey (Tyrone)

5. Karl O’Connell (Monaghan)

6. James McCarthy (Dublin)

7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Midfielders
8. Brian Fenton (Dublin)

9. Brian Howard (Dublin)

Forwards
10. Paul Mannion (Dublin)

11. Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)

12. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)

13. David Clifford (Kerry)

14. Conor McManus (Monaghan)

15. Ian Burke (Galway)

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