Nine Tyrone players have been selected.
The Sunday Game selected Ciarán Kilkenny as the only Dublin player in their squad of the year, however, the Sky Sports team did not feel that any of the players in the capital deserved a spot.
Instead, they opted for nine Tyrone players, three Mayos, two Kerry and one Kildare, to make their starting 15.
Goalkeeper: Nial Morgan
The goalkeeper sweeper had an excellent season. His mid-point point against Kerry will always stand out, but he conceded only one goal in the entire championship, and his precise kick to Con Kilpatrick who then created Darren McCurry’s goal in the final. was huge.
Back row: Pádraig Hampsey, Lee Keegan, Ronan McNamee
Padraig Hampsey has only become the third man in Tyrone’s history to lead his team to success across Ireland, and his performances as a defender have been outstanding, but his contribution to the future cannot be underrated and he scored a good score in the final to kick off the Red Hand team.
Lee Keegan was back at his best this year, bombing the pitch, making crucial tackles and setting scores at the other end, he was Mayo’s most consistent player and a true servant to his country.
The Sunday Game did not choose Ronan mcnamee, but Sky Sports felt his performances throughout the campaign should earn him a spot. His heroic block against Aidan O’Shea was a real highlight.
Midfield: Patrick Durcan, Kieran McGeary, Peter Harte
Patrick Durcan has been excellent in defense all season, but his contributions going forward have made him a real grip to play against.
Kieran McGeary produced the season of his life this year, a ball of energy and absolutely bull-like on offense or defense, he’s been at the heart of all that’s good about Tyrone this season.
Peter Harte has just joined Tyrone when their success in Ireland came to a halt, so he has never experienced those great heights, until now. He’s been a staunch servant of Tyrone for the past decade, and his consolidation of his position as a half-back has allowed him to stay consistent and deliver the performances he is clearly capable of.
Midfielder: Con Kilpatrick Matthew Ruane
Ruane was definitely a contender for the Player of the Year title before the final, but he was likely beaten in that midfield battle against Tyrone.
Kilpatrick has been the find of the season for Ulster, as many Tyrone fans wonder where he has been in recent years. The high-end midfielder was definitely something they lacked.
Half-line: Niall Sludden, Paudie Clifford, Conor Meyler
Niall Sludden wondered if he was going to play a big role this season for Tyrone because he wasn’t as much in the league as he would have liked, but when the Championship kicked off he was right in the middle of it all. . He knits everything together from this half-forward row, is creative in going forward, and stubborn in working backward.
Paudie Clifford has been the biggest positive to come out of Kerry this season. The energetic mid-forward was in the midst of all that was positive from Kerry’s perspective and is sure to only get better,
Conor Meyler is another who put in performances to put him in the running for player of the year. With some asking him if he’s the fittest man in the game, his pace of work is second to none, and that comes from a team that places pace of work as their top priority.
Full line: David Clifford, Darren McCurry, Daniel Flynn
David Clifford did everything in his power to get Kerry to cross the finish line against Tyrone, and he was also doing a good job until an injury forced him to leave, and the Kingdom couldn’t find it. no answer without him. He is by far their most important player, but you could argue that the importance placed on him is part of their problem as they are too dependent on him.
Darren McCurry is another who has finally realized his potential. Anyone with half a brain could see that McCurry had what it took to be on top, but for some reason it just didn’t happen to him. Did that happen this year, as the Dazzler stunned defenders in the opener to the last and a Man of the Match performance in the final was just the icing on the cake? .
Daniel Flynn was the surprise pick, but his performances for Kildare were nothing short of spectacular, and his goal against Dublin was what he is. Whatever the score line, he’s always going to put his head down and try to shake things up.