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Team of the Year 2019 - Full Forward



The focal point of the attack and often the target for speculative long balls, but a more roving and mobile full forward is the mark of the modern player. Here are your nominees at full forward.


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Noreen Graham - St Mary's Ahoghill

There can't be many players across Antrim and Derry with over 10 championship goals to their name. Ahoghill's assassin Noreen Graham showed devastating finishing as St Mary's tasted Bridie McMenamin success in Ulster.


Graham sealed the result with a rasping drive that arrowed its way into the top corner of the Lavey net with the Derry side threatening an upset.


Cormac Boyle - O'Connor's Glack

Boyle's physical presence was a fearsome weapon as Glack sealed the Derry JFC title in some style against Drum.


The full forward's fitness and mobility shone through as he could just as often pop up around midfield helping those around him battle for possession.


Ruairí Mooney - Eoghan Rua

Devastating in the Derry JHC final, Mooney's physicality and creativity have tormented every defence that Eoghan Rua have faced in their return to the All-Ireland stage.


With 2-02 in the most recent outing against John Mitchel's, the full forward is a massive threat to opposition rearguards.


Matthew Fitzpatrick - Naomh Eoin


Impossible to ignore. Fitzpatrick has been a leading figure in both the Naomh Eoin and Antrim set-ups over the past year or two.


Given licence to roam around the pitch, Fitzpatrick led the Naomh Eoin comeback in their SFC clash with Portglenone that resulted in the tie going to a replay.


Having recently signed for Oran Kearney's Coleraine FC, Fitzpatrick will be a big loss to the county but will hopefully be seen in club colours in 2020.


Damian Casey - Eoghan Ruadh

A classy operator, Casey led the Eoghan Ruadh attack as they reached their first ever Ulster IHC final.


The Tyrone man did not deserve to finish on the losing side as he fired over 0-12 in the final, including four superb points from play.


Jerome McGuigan - Roibeard Eméid Sleacht Néill

A ball of intensity and passion, McGuigan has had a superb season. The Emmet's were keen to find him early to test opposition full backs and the big full forward was rarely found wanting.


His abrasive style resulted in fascinating battles with opposition full backs and McGuigan picked off scores in each of their games.


Conal Cunning - Cúchullain's Dunloy

'Coby' was named Ulster Hurler of the Year and is one who has really come of age this season with some explosive displays.


The young attacker has assumed free-taking duties from Paul Shiels and has been consistent from both frees and open play this season.


Alex Doherty - Watty Graham's Glen

A physical competitor with explosive pace and a devastating finish, Doherty's ability to drop deep and hit points from distance demoralised opponents en route to the Derry SFC final.


His season will be fondly remembered for the thunderbolt he scored against Lavey, but Doherty was consistent throughout and hit 0-04 from play in the county final.


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