Intermediate Team of the Year 2021

Michael Nugent (Culloville)

The Blues goalkeeper had an excellent year and his kickouts regularly hit the target throughout the campaign.

Played excellently in their first-round win over Shane O’Neill’s and also kept a clean sheet in the semi-final against Sarsfields.

Oisin O’Hare (Carrickcruppen)

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.

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.

Garvey helped his side keep a clean sheet against Sarsfields in perhaps their best performance of the year.

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.

Photo Credit: John Merry

James King (Culloville)

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.

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.

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.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Richard Keenan (Carrickcruppen)

Keenan went through a mountain of work throughout the championship campaign to get Carrickcruppen over the line.

The youngster ended the season as joint-top scorer for Carrickcruppen, with 0-13 across the four games.

Jack Cunningham (Carrickcruppen)

One of the unsung heroes of Carrickcruppen’s 2021 championship success, Cunningham had a fantastic season at centerfield.

Cunningham probably had his best performance in the Intermediate showpiece and made some outstanding fetches.

Eoin Woods (Carrickcruppen)

Deservingly picked up the Man of the Match award in the county final after kicking four brilliant points.

Also turned on the style in the first half against Tullysaran, hitting 0-3 and struck the game winning goal against Wolfe Tones.

Ryan Garvey (Culloville)

Helped kickstart a memorable championship run for Culloville with an excellent performance against Shane O’Neill’s.

Garvey continued that form for the remainder of the championship, although a hamstring injury did influence his impact.

Dara Quinn (Culloville)

Top scored with 1-2 in his sides one-point win over St Paul’s and caused the Lurgan men all kinds of headaches.

Chipped in with 0-3 in the semi-final as he ended his maiden season on the senior team with 1-7 in the championship.

Photo Credit: Sinead Snaps

Tiernan Kelly (Carrickcruppen)

Has an eye for goal and he netted the all-important penalty against Tullysaran in the semi-final.

Also raised the only green flag of the county final and Kelly finished the season with a personal haul of 2-4.

Colm Watters (Culloville)

Began the campaign with a bang, scoring 2-3 in their first-round win over Shane O’Neill’s but missed the next game through injury.

He was sprung from the bench against Sarsfields and Culloville and rattled off 0-10 across the two games.

Cathal Hatzer (Culloville)

Stepped up to the plate when Colm Watters was out injured and enjoyed a brilliant championship run.

The highlight being his performance against Sarsfields in the semi-final when he top scored with 0-5 all from play.

Manager: Kieran Hatzer (Culloville)

While the league season didn’t go to plan, the Blues championship challenge was one of the stories of the 2021.

Hatzer helped Culloville gain massive and unexpected wins over Shane O’Neill’s, St Paul’s and Sarsfields to reach the showpiece.