Some of the hardest-working performances in 2019 have come in the half-forward line. Charged with tracking back as well as making a meaningful attacking impact, they have a crucial role. Here are the nominees.
Sean McCullagh - St Mary's Banagher
Man of the Match with 0-04 from play as Banagher saw off Swatragh in the Derry IHC Final, McCullagh tortured the beleaguered Davitt's defence.
He was also one of the Derry side's better performers as they suffered defeat in Owenbeg to Naomh Éanna in the Ulster series.
Maura Downey - St Mary's Ahoghill
Named Player of the Match in the Bridie McMenamin Shield Final as Ahoghill won a thriller against Lavey. Downey's work ethic shone when she recycled the ball to the waiting Noreen Graham to net after seeing her own shot saved by the Lavey goalkeeper.
That tenacity and skill was crucial in the Cloney side taking home an emotional Ulster title.
Eoghan Duffy - O'Brien's Foreglen
Duffy enjoyed a fine season and drew plaudits for his displays as Foreglen clinched the Derry IFC title.
The link man between defence and attack, Duffy ran tirelessly and provided the finishing touch on a number of occasions.
Niall McCormack - Ruairí Óg
Rotated between half-forward and midfield, McCormack’s explosive pace was a feature of Ruairí Óg turning defence into attack.
He performed particularly well in their replayed game against Naomh Eoin in Dunloy, hitting 1-01 in the process.
Conall Delargy - Casement's Portglenone
A ball of energy in the half forward line and a purveyor of the Big Balls score, Delargy rescued Portglenone on a few occasions in their highly entertaining championship campaign.
He pointed late to earn a draw against Naomh Eoin after Casement's threw away their lead and it was his goal in the closing stages of the first Lámh Dhearg game that sent it to a replay.
Displayed calm also in the infamous free kick shootout to land both of his kicks with consummate ease.
Danny Tallon - Watty Graham's Glen
Tallon got through a serious amount of work in the Glen attack. His tireless running and ability to pick a pass contributed to much of their attacking drive.
His relative experience in a young Watties side was crucial, particularly as they defeated The Loup with 14 men.
Gerald Bradley - Roibeard Eméid Sleacht Néill
Bradley ran riot as Sleacht Néill notched 1-32 in their defeat of Lavey in the Derry SHC Semi-Final, where he hit 1-03.
His catch and point in the Ulster SHC final against Dunloy was one of the best you'll have seen on a hurling pitch anywhere in the country this season.
James Black - Carey Faughs
'Rocket' again lived up to his name with explosive performances throughout the campaign as Carey again suffered heartbreak in the Antrim IHC Final.
The captain was deployed in a deep role for the first half of the Semi-Final against Sarsfields before moving up in the second to great effect.
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