IN a season as consistent as school custard, circling someone worthy of the label is no mean feat.
CJ McGourty was different gravy in the first half of the League. With 0-26 from four starts, the 25-year-old looked every inch the marquee forward. Then he vanished.
Cargin's Kevin O'Boyle anchored the win over Fermanagh, yet his intent and forays as the spare man against Donegal were too often suffocated due to a grating lack of support. Fellow defender Niall Delargy (inset) impressed during the Championship, holding Donegal's Paddy McBrearty scoreless, while the Portglenone man also won his duel with Eamon Maguire against Fermanagh. Brian Neeson (right) eventually emerged in credit too. The St John's forward bagged 2-8 (2-5 from play) in his first start of the year in defeat to Tipp in Thurles and notched 1-5 (1-3 from play) against London. A starring role and a 1-6 (1-5 from play) haul pierced Fermanagh and, although kept on a leash by Neil McGee, 'Bam' still stroked over three frees against Donegal.
TEAM BEATEN IN ULSTER SFC
Ulster SFC semi-final, June 22, Clones: Donegal 3-16 Antrim 0-12
P Flood; J Crozier, S McVeigh, N Delargy; J Laverty,
K O'Boyle, P McBride; M McCann, N McKeever (capt.); C Murray (0-1), M Sweeney (0-2), P McCann (0-1); B Neeson (0-3 frees), K Niblock (0-1),
T McCann (0-3, 0-2 frees).
Substitutes: R Murray for P McCann (47); T Scullion for McBride (51); P Cunningham (0-1 free) for Neeson (55).
Yellow cards: McKeever (38); M McCann (68).
TEAM BEATEN IN ALL-IRELAND SFC
All-Ireland SFC Qualifier round 2A, July 5, The Gaelic Grounds: Limerick 3-11 Antrim 0-15 P Flood; K O'Boyle, S McVeigh, N Delargy; T Scullion, J Crozier, D Lynch; M McCann (0-1), N McKeever (0-1); P McCann (0-2), K Niblock, M Sweeney (0-1); P Cunningham 0-8, 0-6 frees), B Hasson, T McCann. Substitutes: M Johnson for Crozier (27); R McGrady (0-1) for Hasson (46); P McBride (0-1) for P McCann (53); R Johnson for T McCann (65).
Yellow cards: K O'Boyle (41); P Flood (54).