Shefflin and Murphy win monthly All-Stars

Record All-Ireland SHC winner Henry Shefflin from Kilkenny and Donegal's All-Ireland SFC winning captain Michael Murphy have been chosen as the GAA GPA All-Stars Players of the Month for September.

Record All-Ireland SHC winner Henry Shefflin from Kilkenny and Donegal's All-Ireland SFC winning captain Michael Murphy have been chosen as the GAA GPA All-Stars Players of the Month for September.

Shefflin was the driving force behind Kilkenny's memorable comeback in the drawn final against Galway, dragging his team back from the brink of defeat in a courageous display of skill, leadership and sheer determination.

These traits were seen once again in the replay as the Ballyhale Shamrocks clubman again led from the front in a high quality display, as he claimed an unprecedented ninth All-Ireland winners' medal.

Murphy, meanwhile, earned the approval of the inter-county players' body for his performance in the All-Ireland final against Mayo.

The young forward captained his Donegal side to victory over the Connacht champions and led by example in a brilliant all-round display.

His performance was capped by one of the all-time great All-Ireland final goals as he blasted past Mayo's David Clarke inside five minutes.

Commenting on the announcement, GAA President Liam O'Neill said: "Both Henry and Michael served up performances to savour with Kilkenny and Donegal respectively, playing crucial roles in those counties' performances against Galway and Mayo.

"These accolades are well deserved, well done to both and thanks to Opel for their continued support of an award scheme that allows our players to acknowledge excellence."

Gaelic Players Association CEO Dessie Farrell added: "Congratulations to Henry and Michael for their outstanding achievements in being acknowledged by their fellow players for their displays last month.

"While as always both will point to their team-mates, it is nonetheless important to recognise when the individual player excels in pursuit of the collective cause.

"Thanks to all the players who voted and to our sponsors Opel for their continued support of the awards and our players."

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