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Derrygonnelly feature strongly in Fermanagh club Allstar select

Eight players from the title-winning Derrygonnelly side make the Fermanagh club Allstar select
Colm Bradley

Derrygonnelly successfully defended their Fermanagh SFC title earlier this month, and the Harps once again feature strongly in Colm Bradley’s selection of the stand-out players from the Erne Senior Football Championship...


Thomas Treacy (Devenish)

A GOOD shot stopper, commanding in the air and with an excellent kick out. Fermanagh and Devenish goalkeeper Thomas Treacy has all the requirements for a modern day custodian.

He also has a cool head and ice in his veins as he proved against Teemore in the quarter final with a last-minute 45’ to force a reply.

A player to be relied on and an integral part of the team that saw Devenish reach their first final appearance in 19 years.


Right corner-back

Conor Foy (Tempo)

THE Tempo defender is one of the most committed players in the county.

He was given the task of marking Ruairi Corrigan when his side met Kinawley in the quarter final and he did an excellent job on the Brian Borus playmaker in both the drawn game and the replay.

This was all the more impressive given the demolition job Corrigan had done on Tempo in the Intermediate final last season. Foy was also impressive against Devenish in the semi final.



Tiernan Daly (Derrygonnelly)

HAVING been out with a long term injury the return of Daly to the Derrygonnelly defence ensured it was even more miserly than usual.

The Fermanagh player was in superb form in both semi final encounters with Roslea and also in the final against Devenish.

He picked up Sean and Seamus Quigley at various stages against Roslea and did an excellent job while in the final; the fact Devenish tried three different men a the edge of the square tells its own story.


Left corner-back

Michael Jones (Derrygonnelly)

JONES is arguably the best defender in Fermanagh at present.

Not only has he the ability to tie up the opposition danger men he also has the capacity to get forward and join the attack with telling effect; hitting the first two points of the game against Roslea evidence of this latter quality.

Jones is also a natural leader and does so by example.

He is at the very top of his game now and a big reason why Derrygonnelly won three in a row.


Right half-back

Martin Doherty (Devenish)

HE may well be the smallest player playing Fermanagh senior club football but Devenish’s Martin Doherty could also lay claim to the best pound for pound performer in the county.

He is a player who quite literally pops up all over the pitch.

Secure in possession Doherty doesn’t give the ball away and he also has the ability to perform his defensive duties in a tenacious and effective manner.

Perhaps he goes unsung by those watching in the stands but never to his team-mates.


Centre half-back

Conor Quigley (Roslea)

ROSLEA took eventual winners Derrygonnelly to a replay in the semi final and Conor Quigley was a central figure in all three games that he played.

In their first round win against Ederney he got on a lot of ball to bring his team back into the game in the second half.

He went one better against the Harps in the semi final when he surged forward from the half back line in the final minute to rifle home off the post to raise a green flag and force a replay.


Left half-back

Garvan McGinley (Derrygonnelly)

THE very epitome of consistency and perhaps the perfect microcosm of why Derrygonelly have been so successful.

He can be relied upon to do a tight marking job on any half forward that he comes up against while he is also adept at winning primary possession a trait that was particularly evident in the final where he claimed three clean kick outs.

McGinley also drives forward with excellent effect setting up attacks while having a terrific engine to get back into position if possession is lost.



Martin O’Brien (Devenish)

O'BRIEN is more used to a role in the defence but after serving a one match suspension he returned to the team taking up a berth in the middle third.

In the three games that he played he was a driving force for the Garrison men.

His dashing runs forward have been a feature of his game for many years but what often goes unnoticed is his ability to win dirty ball.

He did this to great effect and was Devenish’s best player in the final.

Ryan Jones (Derrygonnelly)

JONES was coming back from injury this year and it no doubt effected him in terms of his strong forward running.

But it would be foolish to question his effectiveness and importance to this Derrygonnelly team.

His primary ball winning is of course vital but when not in possession he is the man to drop into defence and organise that defensive set up.

Strong in the tackle and patient in possession Jones remains the fulcrum for the Fermanagh champions.


Right half-forward

Leigh Jones (Derrygonnelly)

A CENTRAL plank to the success of Derrygonnelly has been their half forward line. Leigh Jones is a vital component of this sector.

A very clever footballer he relishes winning break ball and when in possession he rarely gives it away.

Drops back into defence with great effect and forms part of a near un-penetrable central defensive set up. Also scores with regularity kicking two points in the final against Devenish.

A hero of the unsung variety.


Centre half-forward

Terry O’Flanagan (Devenish)

DEVENISH are still in search of their first senior title in 21 years and no-one has done more than Terry O’Flanagan in recent times to try and change that fact.

Completely honest in everything that he does on the football field he spent most of his time at centre half forward in the championship and was efficiency personified.

Hit vital points in both the quarter and semi final and was six from six from placed balls in the final.


Left half-forward

Declan Cassidy (Derrygonnelly)

WITH each passing year Cassidy’s value to Derrygonnelly seems to grow.

Having spent most of his career in the half back line he has made the journey further up field in recent years to tremendous effect.

An excellent reader of the game he gets on an enormous amount of ball and always uses it well and has also added the ability to score to his repertoire.

Kicked two points in the final against Devenish that were akin to daggers in the heart.


Right corner-forward

Lorcan McStravick (Tempo)

THE best young player in this year’s championship.

The county minor was electric at times. So honest in his off the ball running he never avoids the hard yards required of an inside forward and when in possession his direct style can have defenders at sixes and sevens. Added to this is his accuracy from placed balls and plays.

Kicked two massive scores in the quarter final replay against Kinawley and was a thorn in the side of every defender he faced.



Conal Jones (Derrygonnelly)

JONES probably played the least minutes of any player on our selection but few could argue with his contribution. Against Roslea he was excellent in the replay and won a mountain of possession and kicked vital scores.

He continued in that vein in the final and the fact Derrygonnelly could rely on Jones as both a ball winner and a scorer meant that they could mix their attacking play between the long ball and the running game.

Left corner-forward

Paul Ward (Derrygonnelly)

WARD lined out in most games at centre half forward but he moved inside at various stages.

He was dangerous wherever he played and just gets the nod over teammate Gary McKenna.

Not as recognisably explosive this year as in other years he still made a massive contribution and is a consummate leader of this team.

This was perfectly encapsulated in the final where he knocked over two points at a crucial period in the first half to help give his side a comfortable lead.

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