All Saints ‘Best 15’ footballers

Today we take a look at All Saints ‘Best 15’ footballers through the eyes of Maurice Goldring. Maurice has been a member of the All Saints club since its inception and has played both football and hurling with many of his selection on the ‘Best 5’ from the Ballymena club. He is presently joint manager of the club’s Ladies football team. Like all of our contributors, ‘Mo’ had an unenviable task in making his selection and could easily picked another 15 to rival his final 15. Mo’s selection includes a first in this series as Enda McAtamney becomes the first player to appear in two ‘Best 15’ teams having previously been selected on Gearoid Adam’s St. John’s side.

Not everyone will agree with his selection but it’s just one man’s opinion.

It’s just a bit of fun!

Maurice Goldring’s All Saints’ ‘Best 15’ footballers

1- Barney Lynn. Bill was a top class custodian .An excellent shot stopper who organised his back line well gaining recognition with a County call up.

2- Seamus McMahon. Hector was one of the fittest guys I’ve ever played with .A builder by trade when he wasn’t playing football or training with the Saints he was doing circuits U really had to be on your game to get the better of him.

3- Peter McNicholl Watched Peter play on numerous occasions and was impressed by his positioning and how he contributed to the team as a whole Major factor in All Saints recent Intermediate Championship successes.

4- John Donaghy Tyrone native JD was tough in the tackle and used the ball well breaking from defence A very skilled man marker who kept himself incredibly fit

 5- Paddy McAleer One of the young guns who could play in a number of positions Very comfortable on the ball and his physicality made him difficult to contain Another County player who when he returns to Slemish Park will add quality to the team

 6- Michael McVeigh Every team needs players like Micky A very good reader of the game who was skilled at breaking up opposition attacks and converting play to the advantage of the Saints Committed from start to finish in every game I’ve either played with him or watched him in and certainly my type of footballer

7- Andy McAuley Andy is another of the 1980s vintage winning both Junior Championship in 1984 and Intermediate in 1986 Andy’s work-rate was phenomenal and he brought both energy and enthusiasm to the dressing room

8- Timmy Connolly TC Tim Pat I’ve been quoted before and believe Timmy to be the best player I’ve played with for All Saints Really emerged into the big stage against St Johns in the Senior Championship when at the tender age of 19 he dominated the midfield Went on to enjoy a long and distinguished football career with All Saints Antrim and Tir Connaill Gaels Great fielder of the ball and intelligent in his distribution One for the scrapbook

9- Sean McVeigh A fantastic asset to All Saints and current club captain Sean has also enjoyed a fine county career with both Antrim and London His ball winning desire is outstanding and those driving runs forward are a joy to watch Sean works hard at training and on match days and demands that others a follow his lead

10- Peter McCann Bugsy possessed pace in abundance and determination in equal measure An all-round athlete who enjoyed a long career with the county More recently he has been involved with our Reserve set up assisting our younger players transition from minor to senior grade

11- Enda McAtamney Dead ball specialist but an all-round top class footballer. Outstanding performances in our Championship success in 1986.Another of our County stars.

12- Brendan McCann Bags of skill and pace but Barney’s bravery and never say die attitude contributed to making him the whole package. Contributed many crucial scores and another county player

13- Michael McCarry PE Teacher Mick gets the nod based on his scoring consistency and outstanding contribution to the team. Recently rewarded for his club performances with a well-deserved county call up.

14- Gerry McCann Played football with Gerry from primary school. On his day Gerry was unplayable with pace strong ball carrying skills and a clinical finish all in his locker. Another of the 1980s crew who always gave 100% at training and on match day. Gerry also played county football

15- Frank Delargy Outstanding footballer who possessed great timing to be in the right place at the right time and add to the points tally. Dined out on his wonder goal against Ardoyne in the Championship at St Pauls but the rest of the team appreciated the score. Another county footballer.

Subs: Kevin Quigley Papa was an outstanding footballer. A great fielder of the ball Kevin instilled a belief in his squads that no other team or player was better than us.

 Brian Walsh Down native ‘Walshie’ brought a great deal of quality to the Saints. Excellent when in possession but calm under pressure and a real team player

 Raymond Shannon Jumbo was a fantastic target man who won so much possession for the team, equally adept at contributing crucial scores and had a stint in goals also.

19 Denis Rocks Rocksy was like a classic car Never seemed to be under pressure and always enjoyed his football A great man marker and his ability to organise his defensive unit was outstanding.

Paul McCann. An outstanding forward and goalkeeper who has been an great servant to All Saints and could fit comfortably into any side.

There were quite a number of other players who would have fitted comfortably into this selection and who may feel disappointed not to make the cut. Seamus McAffee, Andy Kelly, Damian Kelly, Micky O’Kane, Emmet Killough, Dominic O’Loughlin and Gerry Davey were outstanding defenders while Paddy Logan, Sean McCambridge, Damian Casey and Peter ‘Pizza’ McReynolds are others unfortunate not to make the starting 15.

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