Senior Team of the Year – Defenders

Shea Heffron (Clann Eireann)

What a season the Clann Eireann defender had, captaining Tommy Coleman’s men to the championship title.

His performance in the final was one of the highlights of the season as he defended heroically throughout.

Made a crucial, diving interception that helped turn the tide in the final and won his personal dual with Cian McConville.

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James Morgan (Crossmaglen)

Another brilliant year in the black and amber as James Morgan led Crossmaglen to their fourth final in as many years.

They didn’t get the finish they would have wanted, but still Morgan was one of the standout performers throughout the year.

His runs from deep proved absolutely unstoppable and he even got on the scoresheet with a quality point in the showpiece.

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Sean Garvey (Silverbridge)

The Silverbridge defender helped his side make the last four of the senior championship with wins over Dromintee and Cullyhanna.

He performed well against Crossmaglen, even when things were going all wrong for the Harps.

That display earned Garvey a place on The Sideline Eye Team of the Week and he was also named Player of the Week.

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Barry McCambridge (Clann Eireann)

A seriously impressive season for one of the hottest prospects in Armagh, McCambridge starred all year for Clann Eireann.

Went toe-to-toe with some of the best players in the county and held his own against Aidan Forker, Rory Grugan and Oisin O’Neill.

His best display came in the semi-final win over Ballymacnab, when he raced forward and rattled off 1-1.

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Paudie Stuttard (Crossmaglen)

The once fearless forward picked up a new role this year and excelled in the Crossmaglen defence.

Stuttard retreated to the Rangers rear-guard against Killeavy and successful limited Oisin King’s influence on the game.

He also performed well in the semi-final win against Silverbridge and made a superb block on Tiarnan Kelly in the decider.

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Jamie Cosgrove (Killeavy)

A real leader in the Killeavy ranks, there isn’t much that Cosgrove can’t do and he displayed his ability once again this season.

Defensively, he gave Rian O’Neill a tough time and also pulled off two heroic blocks against Annaghmore and Crossmaglen.

His electric pace allows Cosgrove to turn defence into attack and he often breaks forward on the counterattack.

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Kieran Doyle (Granemore)

Doyle only featured in one championship game, the first-round loss to Ballymacnab, but it was enough to catch the eye.

The Granemore centre half back was brilliant that evening and helped his side turn the tide after half time when six behind.

His driving bursts forward proved incredibly difficult to deal with and he made The Sideline Eye Team of the Week for that performance.

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Ryan Kennedy (Ballymacnab)

Ballymacnab’s go-to man-marker enjoyed another good year on the edge of their defensive square.

Kennedy helped the Nab keep a clean sheet against Granemore and held Conor Turbitt to one point from play in the semi-final.

The full back also showed what he can do when breaking forward as he recorded scores against Pearse Og and Clann Eireann.

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Conan O’Carroll (Clann Eireann)

A newbie to the Clann Eireann defence, O’Carroll made an instant impact this year and held his spot in the full back line.

He was named Player of the Week after making two goal line clearances against Grange in the opening round.

Also had brilliant performances against Maghery and Ballymacnab when he turned the ball over several times.

Photo Credit: Chris Totton

Caolan Dillon (Crossmaglen)

The Rangers defender returned to the scene this season having broke on to the Cross team a number of years ago.

He helped add a bit of strength to the defensive rear-guard and slotted almost seamlessly into the full back line.

Done quite well in man-marking jobs against Ciaron O’Hanlon and even Conor Turbitt, although he lost the Clann Eireann attacker twice when the game was in the balance.

Photo Credit: John Merry

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