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Ederney dominate Fermanagh club Allstars after SFC triumph

Ciaran Flaherty

Ederney ended a 52-year wait to get their hand on the New York Cup and they did it in style toppling county champions Derrygonnelly. Mickey Cassidy's side lead the way with eight players.

1. Christopher Snow (Ederney) – Although he and his defence struggled with a number of high balls into the square on their run to the title, Snow showed all his experience and know how to deliver a commanding performance in the final under the high ball and setting up attacks like the one for Marty McGrath's monster score. A trusty long-range free taker for his side as well hitting two in the final.

2. Michael Jones (Derrygonnelly) – Still one of the best man markers in the county. A rock in the Harps defence. Showed all his strengths when blotting out Tomas Corrigan in the semi-final against Kinawley. Was solid in the final and even helped drive them on with two fine catches at midfield as they looked to claw their way back into the game.

3. Tiarnan Daly (Derrygonnelly) – Solid as ever for Derrygonnelly up until the final when Ederney's movement and speed put the whole Harps defence under pressure. Came driving out to start a number of attacks and was solid under any high balls out in.

4. Cian McManus (Teemore) – The tenacious defender was a standout performer for his side as they reached the semi-final. Will out his body on the line for his side and drive his side on with some inspirational plays.

5. Eamon McHugh (Derrygonnelly) – A consistently high performer for the Harps again in 2020. Never afraid to shirk a challenge and put his body on the line for the cause. Although he had '10' on his back McHugh was likely to be found all over the pitch tackling and harrying opponents. Can also get forward with effect playing the last pass for Micheal Glynn for his goal in the final.

6. Finbar Gillen (Ederney) – How this man managed to play a championship final just weeks after breaking his jaw is beyond belief. Full of energy and intent and had no fear firing himself into everything for the Ederney cause. Was part of a half back line that were the launchpad for so many of the newly crowned champions attacks as well as making sure his full back line was well covered.

7. Declan McCusker Ederney) – The Ederney captain runs all day. The engine on McCusker is phenomenal. Always looking to put the opposition on the back foot. Playing at a consistently high standard this year. Put Conall Jones on the backfoot in the final with his never ending runs up and down the field and was always there as an option for his teammates.

8. Marty McGrath (Ederney) – McGrath can now rub shoulders with his father who was part of the last Ederney team to win a championship and what a way to do it. McGrath was in inspirational form throughout but especially in the final when he bossed the midfield from the very beginning. Was involved in a number of huge moments in the game, kicking a massive point in the first half and setting up the attack for the second goal. Does not look like slowing down either.

9. Shane McGullion (Derrygonnelly) – Big McGullion will be a force to be reckoned with in Fermanagh over the coming year. A powerhouse of a footballer he has improved his shooting this year seen with his fine outside of the boot point in the final after claiming a mark as an example. Not much gets past him in the air while he has the power and fitness to get around the pitch easily. A bright future.

10. Paul McCusker (Ederney) -Like his brother never stops running and working for the cause. Will be back helping out defence to turnover a ball and then just as quickly be racing up the field as part of the attack. A completely unselfish player. Is everywhere and you can also guarantee he will pop up with a score or two as well to help the team along. Never a complaint out of him he just keeps going and going.

11. Mark McAuley (Ederney) – A classy footballer, McAuley was the new champion's playmaker but also showed his eye for goal in this year's championship scoring one in all three games. Was not afraid to pick the ball up in defence and carry forward while also harried and hassled, making a fine block late on in the final. Cool and calm with everything he did.

12. Conor McGee (Ederney) – McGee looks to have come of age in 2020. Despite playing further out he had 13 on his back and for his performance in the final alone had to be included. Was given the task of marking Derrygonnely captain Ryan Jones and completely took him out of the game. McGee smothered the Harps captain and alongside Marty McGrath at midfield completely dominated the sector for Ederney.

13. Ruairi Corrigan (Kinawley) – Despite not getting much space against Derrygonnelly in the semi-final, Corrigan was the talisman for his side as they won their first senior championship game in a number of years. Hitting 1-03 against Belleek and being involved in several other scores. Was able to float between full forward and further out the field to help his side.

14. Barry Owens (Teemore) – From full back to full forward you put a ball in on top of Owens and he will do something with it. Was a complete nuisance for defenders scoring goals or setting them up. Like his former Fermanagh teammate and All-Star McGrath, he showed that there was fight left in him as he tried his best for the Teemore cause.

15. Sean Cassidy (Ederney) – Another Ederney player who shone brightly in 2020. His first year in senior football ended in championship final defeat to Derrygonnelly and he was determined to not let it happen again. A good target at full forward was also impressive when he came further out the pitch to get on ball and build attacks. His goal in the final put the nail in the Harps coffin while his point was top drawer.

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