Seven Red Hands hit '21'
SEVEN of the Tyrone panel that claimed the All-Ireland U21 football title at the beginning of the month have been selected as recipients of the inaugural EirGrid 21 Awards.
The awards honour the 21 best players from the Championship and were selected by members of the Gaelic Writers Association and EirGrid Ambassadors Bryan Cullen and Michael Meehan.
Goalkeeper Seán Fox, defenders Padraig Hampsey, Ruairi Brennan and captain Kieran McGeary join midfielder Cathal McShane on the list, while attacking duo Lee Brennan and Daniel McNulty have been recognised after scoring a combined tally of 1-33 in Tyrone's path to glory.
In addition to the 21 U21 awards, EirGrid are asking fans of the Championship to select their All-Ireland U21 Football Championship player of the year. Tyrone pair Lee Brennan and Cathal McShane feature alongside Tipperary ace Colin O'Riordan on the three-man shortlist and fans can cast their vote on the official GAA Facebook page between Friday, May 29 and Sunday, May 31.
Donegal senior star Ryan McHugh is the other Ulster player to be honoured with a place among the 21 players selected.
EirGrid 21: Goalkeepers: Evan Comerford (Tipperary) Sean Fox (Tyrone); Defenders: Ruairi Brennan (Tyrone), Padraig Hampsey (Tyrone), Eric Lowndes (Dublin), Bill Maher (Tipperary), Ross Mulcahy (Tipperary), Kieran McGeary (Tyrone), Ryan McHugh (Donegal), Brian O'Driscoll (Cork); Midfielders: Cathal Compton (Roscommon), Cathal McShane (Tyrone), Steven O'Brien (Tipperary), Colin O'Riordan (Tipperary); Forwards: Lee Brennan (Tyrone), Damien Comer (Galway), Neil Flynn (Kildare), Conor McHugh (Dublin), Daniel McNulty (Tyrone), Diarmuid Murtagh (Roscommon), Kevin O'Halloran (Tipperary).