Junior Championship – One to watch

With the Junior Championship kicking into action this weekend, we take a look at some of the players that could light up the campaign.

An Port Mor: Cormac Kieran

In An Port Mor’s last two games, Cormac Kieran racked up six goals. He hit the net four times against O’Hanlon’s and twice versus Mullabrack.

An Port Mor take on O’Hanlon’s this weekend in the first round of the championship and they will look to the scoring power of Kieran to lead them through.

Clady: Sean Savage

Savage broke into the senior ranks in recent years and has immediately developed into one of their main players.

The Clady man was part of the Madden u-19 side that won the championship last year and has undoubted quality.

Derrynoose: Stephen McKinley

Ex-Mullaghbawn netminder McKinley joined Derrynoose this season and has made an instant impact.

McKinley saved three penalties for Paul Doyle’s men and only conceded nine goals throughout the league.

Dorsey: Eugene Casey

Eugene Casey brings plenty of experience to the Dorsey side, having played in two SFC finals for Cullyhanna in the last decade.

Casey adds a bit of scoring power as well and having missed last years championship through injury, will be eager to get going this season.

Eugene Casey played in two Senior Championship finals with Cullyhanna
Photo Credit: Dorsey

Eire Og: Conor Martin

If Eire Og are to have a big say in the Junior Championship, they’ll need Conor Martin playing at the peak of his powers.

‘Tyson’ as he’s known, can play anywhere around the middle eight and is a star man for the Craigavon side.

Killeavy II: Raymond Teggart

Still going strong for Killeavy IIs as he proved in the league when he captained the side to Division 3B success.

An Intermediate Championship with Killeavy in 2012 and 2017, and IFC Player of the Year in 2017, Teggart is still the one to watch in the forward line.

Lissummon: Darren Hughes

Formerly of Granemore, Darren Hughes lined out for Seamus Loughran’s Lissummon side this year and has been a welcomed addition.

Hughes is tailor made for centre half back and will be the rock of the Lissummon defence throughout the championship.

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Middletown: Ruairi McCann

Like Clady’s Sean Savage, McCann linked up with the Madden u-19 championship winning side last year.

A former county minor, McCann is a teak-tough defender with plenty of pace and is a talented up and coming player.

Mullabrack: Aidy Trainor

Trainor has been a great addition to the Mullabrack team this season, adding to their attacking threat.

Unfortunately, Trainor missed out the last few rounds of the league through injury and Mullabrack will hope he’s back in time for championship.

O’Hanlon’s: Charlie Magill

Charlie Magill is the standout player for Redmond O’Hanlon’s but spent most of the summer in America.

He’s expected to return home for the opening round this weekend and will boost their attacking options.

Charlie Magill will boost O'Hanlon's attacking threat in the championship
Photo Credit: Dorsey

St Michael’s: Sean McVerry

A former county minor captain, McVerry is one member of a group of youngsters that have turned St Michael’s into championship contenders.

McVerry is likely to line out around the middle of the field and his work ethic and tackling ability will be key for Newtown.

Thomas Davis: Jordan King

King picked up a Club All-Star award in 2017 at wing half back when Thomas Davis reached the JFC final.

His talent is unquestionable and he’s one of the key attacking threats at Martin Kelly’s disposal.