Junior Team of the Year – Goalkeepers

Aidan Canning (Forkhill)

Canning was part of a Forkhill side that saw off three huge challenges on their way to capturing championship glory.

Belleek scored one goal in both their meetings while Eire Og and Derrynoose failed to get the ball past Canning.

He pulled off two fine saves in the replay of the final that ensured his side would take home the Sean Quinn Cup.

Stephen McArdle (Derrynoose)

Derrynoose will have been disappointed with their championship run this season, but McArdle still had a good year guarding the goals.

Conceded one goal against Crossmaglen, while keeping a clean sheet in their semi-final defeat to Forkhill.

He pulled off a fantastic save that day to keep the Derrynoose hopes alive while finding his target with 89% of his kickouts

Gerard Watters (St Michael’s Newtown)

While Watters conceded five goals in two games, he still had a big say in how Newtown progressed to the last four.

His role in the penalty shootout win against Corrinshego was crucial. Not only did he make a brilliant save, he also slotted home his own penalty.

Watters may have conceded three goals in the semi-final against Belleek, but he played well, and it could have been much more had it not been for his saves.

Caolan Quinn (Belleek)

Quinn was between the sticks for all five of Belleek’s championship outings during their run to the Junior Final.

The Belleek netminder made a fatal mistake in the replay that led to a Forkhill goal but showed well in the first game.

Was assured in the second half of the drawn county final when things were going against his side, retaining 86% of his kickouts.

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The Junior Team of the Year will be revealed on The Sideline Eye Podcast next week!!