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  • Armagh forward Aimee Mackin has been crowned TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year for 2020.  

     

    Mackin (23) was voted best in class by her peers, with the Shane O’Neills player fending off stiff competition from Dublin duo Carla Rowe and Sinead Goldrick to claim the coveted individual award.  

     

    Mackin recovered from cruciate knee ligament damage sustained against Cork in 2019 to make a sensational impact during the 2020 Championship.   

     

    She scored 1-6 in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship opener against Tyrone, before a 2-7 haul helped Armagh past Mayo and into a first semi-final appearance since 2015.  

     

    Armagh fell at the penultimate hurdle against eventual champions Dublin, but Mackin lit up Kingspan Breffni with an excellent display, registering 2-4 in defeat to bring her Championship haul to 5-17 from three outings.  

     

    Mackin’s Senior Players’ Player of the Year accolade was confirmed on ‘Peil na mBan – Foirne na Bliana,’ in association with AIG Insurance, which aired on TG4 on Saturday evening.  

     

    And it was a show to remember for Mackin, who was also named on the Senior Team of the Championship, while her sensational second half semi-final goal against Dublin earned the lethal attacker the AIG Cúl na Bliana award.  

     

    An expert TG4 panel selected Mackin’s superb effort as their number one from the 2020 season – ahead of Meath ace Vikki Wall’s terrific solo goal in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final victory over Westmeath, and Áine O’Sullivan’s early strike for Cork in their Senior Final reverse at the hands of Dublin.  

     

    Wall, meanwhile, was named as the TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year following a brilliant season for the Royals.  

     

    The Dunboyne player (22) was the Player of the Match from the Intermediate decider, as Meath, beaten finalists in 2019 and 2018, defeated Leinster rivals Westmeath to secure Senior Championship Football in 2021.  

     

    Wall's Dunboyne clubmate Emma Duggan was also nominated for the Intermediate award, along with Westmeath captain Fiona Claffey.  

     

    The Junior accolade went to Fermanagh’s 20-year-old forward Eimear Smyth for the second successive year.  

     

    Smyth, from the Derrygonnelly Harps club, enjoyed another sparkling season with the Erne County, who atoned for their 2019 Final loss at the hands of Louth by going one better against Wicklow and securing Intermediate Championship football for the coming season.  

     

    Smyth's Fermanagh team-mate Joanne Doonan and Wicklow's Meadhbh Deeney were also nominated for the Junior award.  

     

    Smyth is one of five Fermanagh players named on the Junior Team of the Championship, as selected by the LGFA’s All Star committee.  

     

    Wicklow may have suffered Final defeat but there is some consolation for the Garden County with the presence of seven players on the Junior selection.  

     

    Limerick provide two players to the Junior 15, with Antrim’s Saoirse Tennyson also included.  

     

    On the Intermediate team, Player of the Year Wall makes the grade as one of seven Meath representatives.  

     

    Runners-up Westmeath have four players selected, Clare have two players on the team, with one each for Kildare and Roscommon.  

     

    On the Senior selection, Dublin lead the way with six players included, with beaten finalists Cork providing four players on the chosen 15.  

     

    Armagh’s stunning Championship impact is rewarded with three players named on the selection – including Player of the Year Aimee Mackin and her sister, Blaithin. 

     

    Galway’s 2020 captain Louise Ward and Tipperary’s Aishling Moloney are also listed on the Senior Team of the Championship.  

     

    Junior Team of the Championship 

     

    1. Shauna Murphy – Fermanagh 
    2. Emily Mulhall – Wicklow 
    3. Sarah Jane Winders – Wicklow 
    4. Rebekah Daly – Limerick  
    5. Alanna Conroy – Wicklow 
    6. Saoirse Tennyson – Antrim 
    7. Sarah McCarville – Fermanagh 
    8. Aoife Gorman – Wicklow 
    9. Róisín O’Reilly – Fermanagh 
    10. Áine Cunningham – Limerick 
    11. Laura Hogan – Wicklow 
    12. Aisling Maguire – Fermanagh 
    13. Eimear Smyth – Fermanagh 
    14. Meadhbh Deeney – Wicklow  
    15. Marie Kealy – Wicklow 

     

    County by county breakdown: Wicklow 7, Fermanagh 5, Limerick 2, Antrim 1.  

     

    Intermediate Team of the Championship  

     

    1. Monica McGuirk – Meath  
    2. Rachel Dillon – Westmeath 
    3. Lucy Power – Westmeath 
    4. Emma Troy – Meath  
    5. Róisín Considine – Clare 
    6. Fiona Claffey – Westmeath 
    7. Megan Thynne – Meath  
    8. Jennifer Higgins – Roscommon 
    9. Máire O’Shaughnessy – Meath  
    10. Emma Duggan – Meath  
    11. Vikki Wall – Meath  
    12. Anna Jones – Westmeath  
    13. Stacey Grimes – Meath  
    14. Niamh O’Dea – Clare  
    15. Róisín Byrne – Kildare 

     

    County by county breakdown: Meath 7, Westmeath 4, Clare 2, Kildare 1, Roscommon 1.    

     

    Senior Team of the Championship  

     

    1. Martina O’Brien – Cork 
    2. Martha Byrne – Dublin  
    3. Clodagh McCambridge – Armagh  
    4. Eimear Meaney – Cork  
    5. Melissa Duggan – Cork  
    6. Blaithin Mackin – Armagh  
    7. Sinead Goldrick – Dublin  
    8. Jennifer Dunne – Dublin  
    9. Louise Ward – Galway  
    10. Carla Rowe – Dublin  
    11. Lyndsey Davey – Dublin  
    12. Aimee Mackin – Armagh  
    13. Áine O’Sullivan – Cork  
    14. Aishling Moloney – Tipperary  
    15. Noelle Healy – Dublin  

     

    County by county breakdown: Dublin 6, Cork 4, Armagh 3, Galway 1, Tipperary 1.   

     

    Individual awards:  

     

    TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year – Aimee Mackin – Armagh  

     

    TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year – Vikki Wall – Meath  

     

    TG4 Junior Players’ Player of the Year – Eimear Smyth – Fermanagh  

     

    AIG Cúl na Bliana (1/2/3):  

     

    1. Aimee Mackin – Armagh v Dublin (TG4 All-Ireland Senior semi-final) 
    2. Vikki Wall – Meath v Westmeath (TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final) 
    3. Áine O’Sullivan – Cork v Dublin (TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final) 
  • TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-final   

     

    Roscommon v Westmeath – Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford, 1pm – Live on LGFA Facebook 

     

    Both of these counties have appeared in previous TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Finals – Roscommon in 2005 and Westmeath six years later.  

     

    The winner of this dual will prevail to meet Clare or Meath at Croke Park on December 20th in the final.  

     

    Roscommon have fallen at the penultimate hurdle in 2018 and 2019 – beaten by Meath on both occasions.  

     

    For Westmeath, the motivation is to regain Senior status at the first attempt, following last year’s relegation.  

     

    Both teams have been impressive to this point, Westmeath putting Leinster opponents Louth and Longford to the sword, while Roscommon also got past two Leinster teams, Wexford and Offaly.  

     

    For Roscommon, Aimee O’Connor is their leading scorer with a 0-5 haul and the Westerners will need a very strong display to compete with a Westmeath side that will start as favourites.  

     

    Roscommon (v Westmeath): H Cummins; H Ennis, S Kenny, E Murren; N Watson, E Irwin, R Wynne; C Conway, J Higgins; L Fleming (capt.), N McHugh, J Cregg; A O’Connor, A Gavin, S Glennon.  

     

    Westmeath (v Roscommon): L McCormack; R Dillon, L Power, N Spellman; L Duncan, F Claffey (capt.), A Roche; J Maher, T Dillon; L Archibold, A Jones, L McCartan; V Carr, C Blundell, K Hegarty.  

  • The Roscommon Minor ladies lost the All-Ireland Minor B final to Longford this afternoon, it finsihed Roscommon 2-5 2-9 Longford.

    Goals from Aimee O'Connor and Oonagh Kelly were not enough to give the Connacht Champions the edge in this local derby.

    O'Connor finished the final with 1-3, as the Roscommon came within four points of the perfect year.

    LONGFORD: Riane McGrath (Killoe); Ciara Sutton (Clonguish), Sorcha Dawson (Ballymore), Karen McLoughlin (Dromard); Ciara Mulligan (Carrickedmond), Orla Nevin (Longford Slashers), Muireann Claffey (Ballymahon/Forgney, captain); Kara Shannon (Longford Slashers), Grace Shannon (Longford Slashers, 0-2); Dearbhaile Rooney (Killoe, 0-2), Ciara Healy (Clonguish, 1-2, goal from penalty), Lauren McGuire (Carrickedmond, 0-2); Clodagh Lohan (Grattans, 1-1), Molly Mulvihill (Grattans), Hannah Glennon (Clonguish).

    Subs:- Ellen Shannon (Carrickedmond) for D Rooney (42 mins); Kamille Burke (Clonguish) for M Mulvihill (44 mins). 

    ROSCOMMON: Holly Martin; Rachel Mulligan, Saoirse Wynne, Megan Kelly; Emma Kildea, Kelley Colgan, Kate McPhillips; Sarah McVeigh, Sheena Kilroe; Megan McKeon, Kayleigh Shine, Ellen Irwin (0-1); Aimee O’Connor (1-3, two frees), Kate Harrington (0-1), Oonagh Kelly (1-0).

    Subs:- Michaela Keogh for S McVeigh (injured, 9 mins); Jennifer Brennan for R Mulligan (half-time); Lauren Shanagher for K Harrington (36 mins); Shona Hanley for O Kelly (44 mins); Kara Earle for E Irwin (54 mins).