The first Team of the Week of the 2022 season following the opening week of championship action. Ten different teams are represented.
AARON COOGAN (KILLEAVY II)
Made a great save at the start of the second half to keep Killeavy’s hopes alive. Unlucky with Lissummon’s first goal as his save bounced straight out to a Lissummon player.
RYAN LOUGHRAN (MADDEN)
A late addition to the Madden line up. Loughran put the shackles on Grange dangerman Justin Kieran and brought great pace to the Raparees counterattack.
CAITLIN CROMIE (KILLEAVY LADIES)
Wore the number eight jersey but moved back to pick up Alex Clarke and excelled in the role. Cromie held the Cross ace to 0-1 from play.
RUAIRI MCCANN (MIDDLETOWN)
His breakout speed from defence and ball carrying ability caused serious problems for Clady as Middletown eased into the last eight.
NIALL SMITH (MADDEN)
Brought a huge amount of energy and was simply unplayable. Cut open the Grange defence on more than one occasion with his direct running style.
JOHN JOE POWELL (ST MICHAEL’S)
Had a huge role to play in St Michael’s pushing Derrynoose all the way. Powered forward to split the posts on three occasions.
MARK LENNON (DERRYNOOSE)
A mountain of possession passed through Lennon’s hands as he constantly drove Derrynoose forward, even when they were on the back foot.
CONOR GRIMLEY (MADDEN)
Grimley has emerged as a real leader in the Madden ranks, especially in the absence of his older cousin Niall. Scored 0-6 and could have had a few more.
SHEA TRAINOR (LISSUMMON)
Worked his socks off for Lissummon and really set the tone for their victory from the first whistle. Didn’t get on the scoresheet but so much of what Lissummon done well came through Trainor.
JACK FOX (DERRYNOOSE)
Like his team mate Lennon, Fox was constantly on the move and his running power helped Derrynoose eventually get over the line.
JOE SHERIDAN (MADDEN)
Sheridan was one of Madden’s brightest stars on Saturday evening as they got their championship campaign up and running with a win.
AOIBHEANN MCCONVILLE (CROSS LADIES)
Worked hard for Crossmaglen Ladies in their win over Killeavy and scored a cracking goal during the opening period.
CORMAC KIERAN (AN PORT MOR)
Kieran excelled for An Port Mor, particularly during the first half when O’Hanlon’s were offering a threat. Finished as top scorer with 1-6.
ETHAN RAFFERTY (GRANGE)
Rafferty didn’t have his best game put proved to be a handful when moved to the edge of the square. His hat trick put some respectability on the scoreboard.
JOE MCCLELLAND (ST MICHAEL’S)
Had a really encouraging championship debut and caused the Derrynoose full back line numerous problems throughout the game.