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Team of the Year 2019 - Midfielders

The make-up of the engine room can be the winning or losing of the game and there has been a plethora of talent in the midfield zones of Antrim and Derry this season. Here are your nominees.

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Ben Rice - Lámh Dhearg

That beaming smile masks a snarling competitor.. Rice earned Man of the Match for his performance in the drawn Antrim SFC against Cargin but his intensity in midfield has been consistent throughout the year.

Superb under the breaking ball, Rice was involved in the key moment of the replayed game as he watched John McNabb turn away his goalbound effort.

Chrissy McKaigue - Roibeard Eméid Sleacht Néill

Another stirring season from the Sleacht Néill hurling captain. McKaigue oozed confidence all year and was not shy in spotting a gap and attacking the opposition defence.

The Emmet's midfielder came out on top in every battle he entered this season and epitomised their intensity.

Paul Shiels - Cúchullain's Dunloy

'Shorty' displayed his usual excellence as Dunloy reclaimed the Antrim SHC title and continued to be the focal point for the team.

Untouchable against Ballycran in the Ulster SHC Semi-Final and the perfect supply line for delivering ball to the lively Cúchullain's forward line.

Ryan Bogue - Naomh Éanna

Bogue just pips midfield partner Ruairí Donaghy to the nomination. The Fermanagh native earned the Man of the Match award in the Ulster IHC Semi-Final win over Bredagh.

The former Lisbellaw man landed a sideline from 45 yards in the first half and fired his side into the lead in the dying minutes of extra time.

Danny Heavron - O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt

Heavron became the first Magherafelt man in 41 years to get his hands on the John McLaughlin Cup and cemented a fine season with that success.

His heartfelt post-final interview with BBC's Thomas Niblock revealed the strong character that allowed him to lead his side to victory with a number of excellent performances throughout.

Colum Duffin - St Ergnat's Moneyglass

Duffin exploded into championship action with 0-09 in St Ergnat's opener against Dunloy, converting every opportunity that came his way.

The big midfielder finished the championship with 1-20 to his name and was a leader for his team in the heart of midfield.

Ciaran McFaul - Watty Graham's Glen

McFaul was a tour-de-force in midfield for Glen. Rotating effectively with Emmett Bradley in the forward line, the all-action midfielder burst into attacks and converted scores in every game.

A key cog whose finest performance came as Glen dispatched 2018 finalists Erin's Own Lavey and announced their credentials as title contenders.

Liam McGoldrick - Eoghan Rua

Nominated in 2018 in the full back position, McGoldrick gets the nod this year for his exploits in midfield for Eoghan Rua's hurlers.

McGoldrick's intensity was required in their Ulster JHC Final battle with Newry Shamrocks as he helped them weather the early storm and kept the ball moving into the forwards.

Can I influence the decision?

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