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Team of the Year 2019 - Centre Half Back

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

There is a school of thought among the soccer fraternity that you can judge a team by the quality and mentality of their holding midfielder. A similar mantra exists in the GAA with the centre-back often held up as the key position. Here are the players who have had a great season at number 6.

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Dermot McAleese - Casement's Portglenone

The pivot of the Portglenone defence, McAleese enjoyed a fine season in the black and amber as Casement's sparkled.

A strong competitor who also has an eye for a late run into the attack, notching a few scores throughout the season.

Michael Herron - Lámh Dhearg

McAleese's opposite number for the thrilling trilogy against Lámh Dhearg was Michael Herron. The experienced Hannahstown man channeled his ferocious intensity into their pressing game to superb effect.

Herron likes to play on the edge but his combative style set the tone for a tenacious Red Hand defence around him.

Justin Crozier - Erin's Own Cargin

A second nomination for Cargin's Mr Consistency. 'Justy' had yet another fine season in the green and white with his ability to quietly and effectively go about his business.

Winning the ball and distributing it well are bread and butter to Crozier and there aren't many in the county more effective at it than the Cargin centre back.

Conor Carville - Watty Graham's Glen

Carville earned many plaudits for his solid displays as Glen reached their first ever Derry SFC final and has earned his place in the conversation around the best centre backs in the county.

The Glen man also has a knack of joining the attack late and contributing to the clicking of the score board.

Mark Donaghy - Naomh Éanna

Cushendall native Donaghy has been a revelation at the heart of the Hightown defence this season and was vital in their Ulster IHC success.

The centre back complemented manager and fellow 'Dall man Terence McNaughton perfectly and led by example, particularly when they were under pressure in the white heat of championship action.

Colm McGoldrick - Eoghan Rua

McGoldrick's finest performance came in the Ulster JHC final win over Newry Shamrocks where he managed to clamp down on the lively Eoin McGuinness. His unassuming effectiveness in anchoring the Eoghan Rua defence has earned him the mantle of The Portstewart Pirlo in some quarters.

With his ability to both make timely interceptions and spray passes from deep, the description is apt. I'm not sure if he's fond of the red wine though.

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