Junior Team of the Year – Forwards

Drew McVerry (Belleek)

Started the championship campaign with a bang, nabbing a hat trick in the opening round against Mullabrack.

Finished with 3-3 to his name while he also scored a crucial goal in their win over Dorsey Emmets.

While McVerry had a quiet enough final, he had a great campaign and helped get Belleek to the decider.

Photo Credit: Belleek

Paul McKeown (Crossmaglen II)

McKeown was simply outstanding for Cross IIs. After all he has achieved, he was still giving everything for the cause.

Changed roles this year and played as a playmaking centre half forward and was excellent.

Led the line against Eire Og, really came into the semi-final when needed and was dangerous against Belleek as well.

Photo Credit: John Merry

Conor McNally (Derrynoose)

Once again Derrynoose star Conor McNally enjoyed a good personal campaign for Brian Hamilton’s side.

Top scored in the semi-final loss against Crossmaglen with 0-6 and never gave up in the hope of getting his side over the line.

It’s no surprise that Derrynoose’s worse performance came against Killeavy, the one game McNally didn’t start.

Photo Credit: John Merry

Kevin Kelly (Dorsey)

The Dorsey attacker had a superb year at centre half forward, linking the play brilliantly for his team.

Even when things were looking bad against Belleek, Kelly was on top of his game and kept his side in touch.

Perhaps didn’t get on the scoresheet as often as he’d like, but Kelly was a key component of the Dorsey attacking plan.

Photo Credit: Sally Lennon

Sean McCreesh (Belleek)

The Man of the Match in the final and the top scorer in the Junior Championship, 2021 was a year to remember for Sean McCreesh.

Kept his best performance for the final and registered 0-7, all from play as Belleek got over the line.

An expert free taker, McCreesh ended the championship campaign with an impressive 0-26 across four games.

Photo Credit: John Merry

Shane McConville (Crossmaglen)

Didn’t have the final he wanted or deserved through injury and his loss made a huge dent in Crossmaglen’s chances.

McConville had an excellent year in front of the posts as The Rangers go-to player in the forward unit.

The attacking ace displayed his accuracy from placed balls through the championship and also hit the net against Eire Og.

Aidan Davidson (Newtown)

Paul Hagan’s Newtown also pulled off the shock of the championship in the first round against Derrynoose.

Aidan Davidson was a massive part of that encounter as he led the forward line for Newtown.

Knocked over five points as Newtown pushed Derrynoose all the way, only to lose out by two in the end.

Aidan Mackin (Dorsey)

Made The Sideline Eye Team of the Week after a superb showing in the opening round against Thomas Davis.

Mackin ended the game with 1-5 to his name and continued that brilliant form right throughout the championship.

Caused Belleek some trouble in the semi-final, claiming four points as Dorsey just lost out in the end.

Photo Credit: Sally Lennon

James McParland (Belleek)

Starred in the half forward line for Belleek as they claimed championship glory for the first time in 20 years.

Nailed three important frees against Dorsey as Belleek limped over the line in that semi-final clash.

Provided his team with a perfect link man on the half forward line and performed that role brilliantly in the final.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

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