The Sideline Eye Senior Team of the Year

Shea Magill (Killeavy)

The Killeavy youngster is still a rookie at this level but he did get to display his potential in this year’s championship.

Pulled off a hugely impressive save in the dying moments against Grange in round one while kicking five pointed frees in the same game.

Magill conceded no goals throughout his three outings against Grange, Armagh Harps and Crossmaglen.

Tony O’Callaghan (Crossmaglen)

A new defender at this level, Tony O’Callaghan made his Senior Championship debut in the first round against Silverbridge.

He gave an excellent display that day with several turnovers and linked the play well with some excellent kick passes.

O’Callaghan will be one that Crossmaglen will look to for many years to come and it was a good first year for the young defender.

James Morgan (Crossmaglen)

The powerhouse of the Crossmaglen defence, Morgan was declared the Senior captain for the 2020 season.

The tight marking defender helped Crossmaglen keep two clean sheets against Mullaghbawn and Killeavy.

His best performance came in the first half of the county final when he raided forward on several occasions and could have scored a goal.

Lee Rice (Killeavy)

Still hugely inexperienced at this level, Rice came straight into the senior squad at just 18 years of age.

Often handed a man-marking role, the youngster was part of a Killeavy defence that kept three clean sheets from three games.

He performed well throughout the championship for Killeavy and will be one of the players they look to in the future.

Stephen Cusack (Maghery)

Cusack has been one of the most influential players in the Maghery squad for a few years now and that was no different this year.

His 1-1 in in a matter of minutes put the Ogs to the sword and kickstarted Maghery’s demolition job in the second quarter.

His best showing came in the final however when he inspired those around him with his constant drive, finishing the game with 0-3.

Kyle Mallon (Killeavy)                         

One of the main men in the Killeavy team, Kyle Mallon was another Killeavy player who was in great form this season.

Helped his side keep clean sheets against both Armagh Harps and Killeavy and stormed forward several times.

The attacking defender scored three points in the championship, with two crackers coming in that semi-final encounter with Cross.

Jamie Cosgrove (Killeavy)

Killeavy showed serious potential in the 2020 Senior Championship and now look like a team fit to challenge over the next few years.

Jamie Cosgrove is one of their key players and he demonstrated his talent once again this season during their run to the last four.

Was superb when marking ‘Minnie McShane’ in the quarter final and once again performed brilliantly against Crossmaglen.

Cormac Smyth (Mullaghbawn)

They youngster may have only feature in two championship games this season, but he did enough to catch the eye.

Perhaps one of the best fielders of possession on show throughout the 2020 championship, Smyth was immense in the air.

A huge talent in the centre of the park, Smyth was well fit to hold his own around midfield against both Annaghmore and Crossmaglen.

Oisin O’Neill (Crossmaglen)

Undoubtably one of the best players in the county, O’Neill was again on form throughout the championship season.

Not only did he dominate the middle of the field, his attacking forages were a sight to behold and incredibly difficult to stop.

He ended up the top scorer in the Senior Championship with 2-14 to his name and had another great year in the black and amber.

Stefan Forker (Maghery)

Part of the Maghery side that defeated Crossmaglen in the final to claim their second ever championship crown.

Forker hit two points in the showpiece while also setting up Ronan Lappin’s game-winning goal.

His best performance came in the first half against Pearse Ogs were he drove over three incredible points, all from 45 yards out.

Rian O’Neill (Crossmaglen)

O’Neill once again helped his side reach the Championship decider and was crucial to the Crossmaglen cause.

Finished with 0-11 to his name at the end of the season, scoring in each one of Crossmaglen’s four game.

Was forced to play at centre-field in the absence of Stephen Morris in the county final and performed brilliantly.

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Dara O’Callaghan (Crossmaglen)

Burst on to the scene this year and deserving claimed a starting spot in an extremely strong Crossmaglen forward line.

Young O’Callaghan kicked a monster score in the county final and finished the year with 0-9 to his name.

His two scores at the death against Killeavy demonstrated his nerve and quality and he’s a player we will get used to seeing for years to come.

Cian McConville (Crossmaglen)

McConville just keeps getting better and is now recognised as one of the best inside forwards in the county.

The corner forward was heroic in the semi final win against Killeavy when the Cross backs were against the ropes.

McConville tagged on 0-4 that day, finishing his sides top scorer and saw out the year with 1-12 to his name.

Aidan Forker (Maghery)

The Man of the Match in the Senior Championship Final, Forker was immense in guiding Maghery over the line.

Claimed the goal of the season with an unbelievable effort in that game and finished with 1-3 on the day.

Ended the year as Maghery’s top scorer with 1-10, also hit a crucial score to bring the game to extra time against Clann Eireann.

Caolan McConville (Killeavy)

Was the main scoring threat in a reformed Killeavy side that went on a run to the championship semi-final.

McConville finished the year with 1-9 to his name, the joint third highest scorer throughout the senior championship.

Grabbed an early goal from the penalty spot against Grange while kicking three points in each of his three outings.

Finnian Moriarty (Maghery)

In his two years in charge of Maghery, Finnian Moriarty has guided his men to a league title (2019) and now a championship (2020).

Their championship run this year will be remember for years and what made it more impressive was defeating Crossmaglen in the final.

He has been a huge success with this team and achieved the ultimate goal of guiding Maghery to their second ever Senior Championship crown.