FINGALLIANS’ star man Paul Flynn has been named the Opel GAA/GPA football player of the month following his showings for the Dubs following their Leinster championship wins over Laois and Wexford.
He was amongst the goal scorers in the county’s 16-point win over Wexford, helping his county to reach their ninth Leinster SFC final in 10 seasons.
The award recognises the individual contributions made by both players for their respective counties during the month and is chosen by intercounty players.
“It’s my first Player of the Month award,” said Flynn, a three-time All-Star. “It’s really nice to get it, especially when it’s voted on by the players around the country. But I suppose it’s a team game we play and there is nothing better than winning as a team which hopefully we will continue to do.”
GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell, meanwhile, led the plaudits: “Paul is one of the most outstanding players of the current generation and his ability and work-rate have contributed enormously to Dublin’s current success, including last month’s victories over Laois and Wexford.”
It comes in the week leading up to Dublin’s Leinster SFC final date with Meath with Dublin going for a fourth title in succession though they are facing a side that was the last to beat them in this competition.
Manager Jim Gavin says that Flynn has been a key part in that recent success and his performances from the half-forward line are critical.
“Paul is a big leader for us,” Gavin said. “He demonstrates those skills on the field and he’s definitely a big influence in how we play our game.
“But more important to me, it’s the off the field stuff that he does, how he applies himself to his sport. He’s a very, very dedicated man.
“He’s a big influence and a big footprint off the field in how he dedicates and applies himself and how he communicates with the team.”
Looking at the Meath tie specifically, Gavin says that there is no room for complacency this weekend despite his side’s strong recent record.
“I was impressed with Meath in both their previous championship games. They play a traditionally robust-style of football; they are solid in defence, mobile across the pitch and dangerous up front.
“To score a combined total of 9-29 against Carlow and a very decent Kildare side is very impressive and it shows they are hungry for goals and can close games out in a professional manner.
“And the fact that they only let Kildare have one shot on goal and not conceded any tells you how tight their defence is, so it is going to be a fascinating contest.”