Team of the Week (Week One)

Stephen McKinley (Mullaghbawn)

The Mullaghbawn net-minder helped his side earn their first win in the Senior Championship in twelve years. McKinley kept a clean sheet against Annaghmore while pulling off a superb save from a penalty kick.

Tony O’Callaghan (Crossmaglen)

The youngster made his Championship debut against Silverbridge on Sunday and manager Stephen Kernan will be delighted with what he witnessed. The corner-back kept his man scoreless from play while also making some eye-catching kick passes into the forward line.

Brendie McCarron (Clann Eireann)

Handed the difficult task of tracking Granemore danger man Jason O’Neill, McCarron was excellent in his role and game out of top of the tussle. Had plenty of help in defence but proved to be a real leader for Clann Eireann as well.

Fearghal Mackin (Mullaghbawn)

Only three teams kept a clean sheet during the opening week of Championship action and Mullaghbawn were one of the them. Mackin was part of that solid defence that stood out in their first-round win.

Aaron Boyle (Dromintee)

May have been on the losing side against Maghery on Saturday afternoon, but Boyle worked tirelessly throughout. Offered serious pace in both attack and defence and hit a wonderful point in the opening half.

Vincy Brady (Pearse Ogs)

Brady was the heartbeat of the Ogs defensive unit on Sunday night. He offered cover when out of possession while also showing great pace and determination when breaking out with the ball to hit the opposition on the counterattack.

Ciaran Cosgrove (Killeavy)

A late introduction into the Killeavy team, Cosgrove helped to drag his side over the line against Grange. Made some terrific turnovers around the centre of the park and was always an option for Killeavy.

Rory Grugan (Ballymacnab)

Matched up with his Team of the Week midfield partner Niall Grimley and it would be unfair to say either came out on top. Grugan offered the assist for both Ballymacnab goals while chipping in with a few scores himself.

Niall Grimley (Madden)

A real driving force in the centre of the park on Saturday evening, Niall Grimley was hugely impressive for Madden. His driving runs caused Ballymacnab serious bother and he popped up with points at important stages.

Brian Fox (Maghery)

Fox has been a real live wire in the Maghery attack for some time now and once again proved his worth in their win over Dromintee. He hit the all-important goal and was a constant headache all evening long.

Shea Loye (Mullaghbawn)

Finished with 1-7 in total for his side on Friday evening, Shea Loye’s performance guaranteed him a place on the team. Not only did he get on the score sheet, he showed an unselfish streak as he assisted the game’s final goal when he could have had a go himself.

Joe Sheridan (Madden)

Constant pace and work-rate, Joe Sheridan showed all the qualities needed to play in the half forward line. Got back time and time again to help set up Madden’s defensive cover while not neglecting his attacking duties, hitting 0-3 from play.

Jason Duffy (Cullyhanna)

In the absence of Aidan Nugent, Jason Duffy was the vocal point of the Cullyhanna attack, although he contributed further out the field as well. Hit 0-4 from play throughout the 60 minutes and always had to be watched by the Ogs defence.

Ben Toal (Grange)

With Justin Kieran side-lined with a nasty ankle injury, Ben Toal really stood up for Grange in their defeat to Killeavy. His movement and pace caused serious problems for the opposition defence while he also displayed his accuracy in front of the goal with four points.

James Freeman (Pearse Ogs)

His speed is the one attribute that helps him stand out and Freeman was a deadly threat to the Cullyhanna defence on Sunday evening. Finished the game with 0-4 (one free) and was always busy throughout.

The Sideline Eye Team of the Week following the opening round of the Senior Championship!