The Sideline Eye Intermediate Team of the Year

Paudie Donnelly (Keady)

The only goalkeeper in the championship to have hit the net, Donnelly grabbed a goal from the spot against Ballyhegan.

He made some incredible saves throughout Keady’s championship run to the semi-finals and conceded just one goal.

His first half save against Middletown is one that stands out when he leaped to the rescue to deny the opposition what looked like a certain goal.

Conor Corvan (Keady)

Keady were hugely impressive in getting to the Intermediate semi-final with big wins over Middletown and Ballyhegan.

Corvan was in superb form all season and done serious graft around the centre of the park for his side.

Was brilliant in both their championship wins and would often be seen breaking up the field and setting up attacks.

Ruairi Grimes (St Paul’s)

Missed out in the early rounds of the championship but was drafted in to tighten up the Lurgan sides defence.

Grimes performed brilliantly in their semi-final win over Tullysaran, earning himself a spot on The Sideline Eye Team of the Week.

He limited the influence of Tullysaran dangerman Gavin Conlon and played a huge part in St Paul’s reaching the decider.

Sean Farren (Clan na Gael)

Farren was a crucial member of the Clan na Gael defence and was impressive throughout the entire championship.

He often played in a free role in the Clan na Gael backline and swept up any lose ball coming in his direction, starting counter attacks.

Farren was superb in his sides final victory over neighbours St Paul’s and constantly turned the ball over in defence.

James Madden (Tullysaran)

A modern-day wing half back, Madden breaks forward and looks to get on the scoresheet at every opportunity.

He did so quite often for Tullysaran and like a lot of his teammates, shone in their win over Sarsfields in the quarter finals.

Madden didn’t forget about his defensive tasks either and his work rate in the back line and around the middle was key for Tullysaran.

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Peadar Nash (St Paul’s)

Nash was one of the best performers in the Intermediate Championship this season and the main man in the St Paul’s side.

He constantly drove his men froward from his centre half back position and was an endless threat to the opposition.

Always broke forward for scores and was a reliable free taker, with a result guaranteed every time he stood over the placed ball.

James Grimley (Clonmore)

Clonmore have their veteran James Grimley to thank for reaching the last eight of the Intermediate Championship.

When the chips were down in the opening round, Grimley sprang into action and got his side over the line against Wolfe Tones.

Grimley drove forward to rattle the net on two occasion, the first one a cracker while he also showed a cool head to slot home a penalty.

Richard Keenan (Carrickcruppen)

Carrickcruppen fielded a very young and inexperienced side this season with plenty of talent sprinkled throughout.

Keenan was one of their standout performers throughout the campaign and was hugely influential around midfield.

He was his sides go-to player. His handling was incredible while he was also in great from in front of the posts.

Ronan Austin (Clan na Gael)

A dedicated servant to the Clan na Gael cause, Austin put in another big shift this season for the Lurgan side.

Well known as one of the best club midfielders in the county, Austin led from the front for Clan na Gael all season.

He chipped in with a few fine scores, a particular beauty in the final, on his way to captaining the Clans to Intermediate glory.

Eoin Woods (Carrickcruppen)

Another member of the youthful side Carrickcruppen fielded in the 2020 championship; Woods was superb for the Camlough men.

Helped his side see off Collegeland in their opener when the youngster hit 2-2 in their 3-8 to 0-8 victory.

Also played a blinder in the quarter final against St Paul’s and caused serious problems for the Lurgan sides defence.

Conor Hughes (Keady)

Wore the number thirteen on his back but Hughes usually played out around centre half forward for Keady.

He dominated a lot of games and his accuracy in front of the posts was brilliant, finishing with 0-12 in three games.

Hughes really took the fight to Clan na Gael in the semi-final, but Keady just couldn’t do enough to get a result.

Stefan Campbell (Clan na Gael)

There isn’t much to say about Stefan Campbell that hasn’t already been said, as he was in fantastic form in guiding his side to championship glory.

Scorer of 0-8 and Man of the Match in the Intermediate Final, ‘Soupy’ was the star of the show for Clans.

Also excelled in their win over Keady at the semi final stage with 0-6, but it was his run for Mel Patterson’s goal that will always be remembered.

Mark McKeever (Tullysaran)

A young, exciting talent, Tullysaran seem to have found a real gem in corner-forward Mark McKeever.

The 18-year-old excelled throughout the season and had showcased his talents against An Port Mor, Sarsfields and St Paul’s.

Troubled St Paul’s even when the tide was turning against St Paul’s, hitting 1-3 and making The Sideline Eye Team of the Week.

Andrew Murnin (St Paul’s)

Murnin was the focal point of the St Paul’s attack this season and more often than not came up trumps for his side.

Played two amazing passes for both Ryan Lawless goals against Carrickcruppen while slicing over the insurance point at the end.

He again caused serious damage against Tullysaran and unfortunately for Murnin and his team, injury limited in influence in the final.

James McCormack (Ballyhegan)

One of the fines of the championship, McCormack was electrifying for Ballyhegan who made it to the last year.

They caused the shock of the year in beating Whitecross, with McCormack contributing 2-5 of his sides 3-8.

Ballyhegan were well beaten by Keady but McCormack still performed well, and top scored once more with 0-5 of the 0-9.

Paul Doyle (Keady)

Doyle led his charges to the Intermediate semi-final and has developed a Keady side fit to compete at this level.

They lost out to Clans in their last four contest, but Keady will still be pleased with how their championship season went.

They saw off Middletown and Ballyhegan with relative ease and showed they have enough quality to trouble any side in the Intermediate Division.