Paddy Andrews and TJ Reid are September’s Player of the Month winners

‘There’s always added significance at close of the season with the top prizes in sight’

Dublin’s Paddy Andrews is September’s player of the month. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paddy Andrews of Dublin and Kilkenny's TJ Reid have been named as the Opel GAA/GPA Players of the Month for September in football and hurling respectively.

Paddy Andrews gave his standout performance of the summer in Dublin’s semi-final replay against Mayo - the St Brigid’s clubman yielded an impressive five points from play and saw the Dubs progress to their 38th All-Ireland Final, on a score line of 3-15 to 1-14. The dynamic attacker continued his form against Kerry in that final, scoring an important point before the break, as Jim Gavin’s side ran out three points to claim their third All-Ireland title in the space of five seasons 0-12 to 0-9.

Kilkenny’s tour-de-force cemented his status as an Opel Hurler of the Year nominee, with a clinical performance in the wing forward position. The 27-year-old Ballyhale Shamrocks ace collected his seventh All-Ireland medal after scoring an impressive 1-7 as the Cats recorded a 1-22 to 1-18 win over Galway in the final.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail said on Wednesday: “Well done to both Paddy and TJ on their awards which come on the back of a string of excellent performances from both. Not for the first time in recent seasons TJ was a driver behind another successful Kilkenny campaign, leading by example as a constant menace to opposition defences.


“Paddy was hugely instrumental in helping Dublin deliver a third All-Ireland football title in five years. His classy attacking displays bolstered the Dublin surge and both are worthy winners, as chosen by their peers.

GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell added: "Congratulations to TJ and Paddy on their awards for September. Of course there is always added significance to performances at the close of the season with the top prizes in sight and both players excelled in their forward contributions. We now look forward to the All-Star selections next month."