Intermediate Team of the Year – Defenders

Oisin O’Hare (Carrickcruppen)

Perhaps went under the radar in the earlier rounds, but O’Hare was fantastic in his man-marking role in the final.

The youngster went toe-to-toe with Culloville’s star man Niall Rowland and came out on top in that dual.

His performance that day allowed Carrickcruppen to push on and win the Intermediate Championship.

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Ruairi Garvey (Culloville)

Had a great year in the last line of Culloville’s defence during their run to the final and twice made The Sideline Eye Team of the Week.

Made several eye-catching turnovers throughout the season and helped his side form a solid defensive structure.

Garvey’s defensive qualities saw the Blues keep a clean sheet against Sarsfields in perhaps their best performance of the year.

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James Madden (Tullysaran)

One of the standout performers of the whole championship, Madden helped Tullysaran reach the last four.

Made The Sideline Eye Team of the Week after a superb display against Tir na nOg in the opening round.

Madden was fantastic in his sides victory over Forkhill as he shadowed dangerman Jemar Hall and performed excellently.

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James Burns (Carrickcruppen)

James Burns led the line from full back for Carrickcruppen and helped the Camlough men keep two clean sheets.

His battle with Cathal Hatzer was brilliant to watch in the final and Burns eventually got the upper hand.

Such a safe presence in that full back line, Burns starred in helping Barry Flynn’s men reach championship glory.

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Fergal Rowland (Culloville)

A powerful, old-fashioned centre half back. Fergal Rowland rolled back the years with several vintage performances this summer.

Defended the heart of the Culloville rear-guard heroically and also sprang attacks from the half back line.

His inspirational display against Shane O’Neill’s got their season up and running and he maintained that level of performance throughout the campaign.

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Greg McCabe (Shane O’Neill’s)

On a day when the Camlough men flopped against Culloville, McCabe stood tall and carried the fight for his side.

Powered forward on several occasions to punch holes in the Blues defence and kicked two points.

Moved into the attacking half to try to offer something different but it was a tactical move that didn’t pay off.

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Adam Matthews (Carrickcruppen)

His physical presence was badly missed in the first-round win over Collegeland, but he starred for Cruppen for the remainder of the championship.

Marshalled the centre of the defence and constantly broke lines to drive Carrickcruppen forward.

One of the young lads that has helped the Camlough men to new heights this year, Matthews had a season to remember.

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James King (Culloville)

One of three 18-year-olds that starred as Culloville reached the Intermediate decider, King had a massive influence.

His best performance came in the last four clash with Sarsfields as the Blues downed another big favourites.

King kicked two huge points but also got in some important turnovers to guarantee his sides spot in the final.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

James Bennett (Carrickcruppen)

The Carrickcruppen corner back enjoyed a super year in the last line of the Intermediate winners defence.

Played his part in Barry Flynn’s men getting over the line and helped Carrickcruppen keep two clean sheets.

Reacted brilliantly after conceding an early goal to Eddie Mallon against Tullysaran to eventually get the better of the Tullysaran dangerman in the semi-final.

Photo Credit: John Merry

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