2022 Senior Team of the Year – Defenders

Vote for the six defenders you think deserves a spot on the 2022 The Sideline Eye Senior Team of the Year!


Was Crossmaglen’s go-to man-marker in the defence and performed that role brilliantly throughout the championship.

Duffy was one of a number of youngsters that picked up their first county medal with a number of eye-catching performances.

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Had a number of really good games throughout the season and peaked in the semi-final victory over Killeavy.

Turned the ball over countless times and won his personal dual with Conor O’Neill as they reached the showpiece.

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Still one of the best in the business and Kernan was in top form throughout the entire senior championship.

Gave a number of outstanding performances at wing half back and incredibly collected his 17th county medal.

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Carr was joint captain of the Granemore team this year and led by example right throughout the championship.

He may have worn eight on his back but played in defence and has a really strong campaign, with his best display coming against Mullaghbawn.

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2022 was perhaps Hughes’ best season for a few years now and gave a couple of good displays as Cross got their hands back on the Gerry Fegan Cup.

Got his hands on a mountain of ball in the decider and Granemore and more often than not made the right decision.

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Madden perhaps didn’t have the year they wanted but they gave one of the best all-round performances of the season against Grange.

Niall Smith was in terrific form for the Raparees and scored 0-2 but also set up a lot more scores for his side.

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Granemore’s specialist man-marker, Finn was simply outstanding this season and was key for Niall McAleenan’s team.

Finn was one of the main reasons Granemore kept three clean sheets and got the better of Jamie Clarke in the final.

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May only played on game in the championship, but Burns was one of the main reasons Silverbridge pushed Crossmaglen all the way.

He hit two important points and also set up the second Silverbridge goal midway through the second half.

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His first year in the green and white, McQuaid put in a number of notable performances and was the driving force behind Granemore.

His ability to break the lines at pace and carry the ball forward were all huge additions to the Granemore set up.

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Killeavy captain Cathair McKinney performed brilliantly for Killeavy as they reached the last four of the championship.

His best performance came against Clan na Gael when he helped Wayne Kieran’s men over the line.

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Top scored from corner back for Granemore in their first ever senior showpiece with three points all from play.

O’Hare didn’t forget his defensive duties and pulled off an important goal line block in the semi-final against Killeavy.

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