Dunloy, Ballymena

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Mid Season Team


It's been an eventful three months covering local GAA matches. We take a look at the players who have stood out in the matches we've covered!


Our Goalkeeper is Odhrán Lynch of O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt.


Stood out in his performances for St Mary's Magherafelt in the MacRory Cup and caught the eye with his raids from between the sticks, particularly in the final when St Mary's were chasing the game!


Donagh Quigg of St Mary's Rasharkin makes the team at corner back after his all-action display against neighbours Cúchullain's Dunloy in the Antrim Division 2 clash. Donagh's sharp defensive work and support runs earned him the Unit Updates Man of the Match for that particular game.


Giuseppe Lupari of O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt takes the full back berth. Lupari had an outstanding game for his school side St Mary's in their MacRory Cup Semi-Final against St Pat's Maghera where he was tasked with tracking the lively Lorcan McWilliams.


Peter Healy of Naomh Éanna, Glengormley takes the second corner back spot. We saw Peter in two successive games, the Allianz Division 4 match between Antrim and Wicklow and the epic Sigerson Cup encounter between Ulster University and U.C.D. in Inniskeen where he picked up the livewire of Lee Brennan and performed well.


Eamon Smyth of Cúchullain's Dunloy makes the side at right-half back. Smyth delivered a mature performance in the Antrim Div 1 hurling clash against fierce rivals Loughgiel Shamrocks in April, chipping in with a point too!


The centre-half back role goes to Gareth McKinless of Ballinderry Shamrocks. Gareth appears in the half-back line for his display in the Sigerson semi-final for Ulster University. McKinless kicked a monster of a score to send the game to extra-time!


Conall Devlin of Ardboe O'Donovan Rossa makes the side at left-half back. Despite conceding an early penalty, Devlin allowed his calm football to carry him through the rest of the MacRory Cup Final where he picked off a point in an assured display for St Mary's Magherafelt.


Jared Monaghan of O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt slots into centrefield. A barnstorming performance in the league opener against Ballinascreen sees Monaghan take the first midfield slot. A huge second half score topped off an excellent game for the big man.


James McNaughton of Loughgiel Shamrocks gets the nod at number 9. In the league defeat to Cúchullain's Dunloy in April, McNaughton looked lively in midfield and contributed well in attack, notching 0-4 on the day.


Nigel Elliott of Cúchullain's Dunloy takes the first of the forward slots. Elliott has exploded into life this season, with fine performances for club and county, including a MOTM display in April's league game against fierce rivals Loughgiel Shamrocks. Power and pace in abundance.


Michael Davitt's Swatragh's Francis Kearney takes the field at centre three-quarters. Francis stuck out on both occasions that we watched Swatragh, but was particularly impressive in the league encounter with Watty Graham's Glen where he was a handful for the home defence.


Shane Heavron of O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt sits alongside his clubmen in the team at half-forward. Although normally at 14, we've slotted Heavron in at 12 following an exhibition of kicking scores in the league opener against Ballinascreen. Clinical.


Liam Brown of Sarsfields Ballerin takes the first slot in the full-forward line. Narrowly missing out on MOTM after kicking 3-5 against St Treas GFC, Ballymaguigan in the Division 2 Cup, Brown showed pace, power and accuracy as the Sarsfields clinched the points.


Stephen O'Hara of Watty Graham's Glen comes into the full-forward role. The metronomic full forward orchestrated the Glen attack as they shot 2-24 in the league encounter at home to Michael Davitt's Swatragh in May as Glen claimed the points.


Eugene Mullan of Sarsfield's Ballerin wraps up the Mid Season Team. Mullan hit a superb hattrick on the way to a 3-3 haul in the Division 2 Cup at home to St Treas GFC, Ballymaguigan as the home side notched 6-17 in a sparkling attacking display.


So there we have it, our Mid Season Team is complete. With club championships to come in the summer, who'll make it into the final Team of the Year come the winter? All to play for!


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