Pearses ‘Best 15’

1- Geordie Eagleson -a constant between the sticks in the 60s when the club contested five Senior football championship finals. Previously won county minor title as well.

2- Liam Steele – a relative veteran of the side when they finally win the county Championship, he had to make do with a sub appearance that day, was normally a tough as teak corner back though won also on the score sheet the first time the club reached the county decider.

3- Aiden O’Prey – as content at full back as he was at midfield, he controlled the square and more often that no5 dominated his marker. Another of the golden generation.

4- Geordie O’Hara – Another minor title winner who went on to achieve greater success in the late 60s. A fearless defender who wasn’t afraid of the physical side of the game.

5- Eddie Connors – very quick and a great reader of the ball. Had the ability to work between the two 45s for the whole game. Intermediate Championship winner in 1986.

6- Joe Loughran – the engine room of the team in the 60s. Called ‘Joe the Knife’ due to his quick hands and ability to chop the balls from his opponents’ grasp. Another minor title winner from 1959.

7- Seamus Lavery – another permanent fixture in the half back line in the 60s. Played in five county finals holding his marker scoreless in four of them.

8- Pat O’Hara – considered by many to be the talisman of the side which reached five county finals in the 1960s. Pat was content enough to take the burden that came with wearing the captain’s armband. He was a physical presence but also an all-round footballer who took games by the scruff of the neck.

9- Colombo McMenamin – a key member of the side that won promotion to Division 1 in 1986. A slick footballer, he was content with passing or shooting off either foot. Unlucky not to represent his county at Senior level though it looks like his son, Eoghan, will amend this although sadly he plies his trade at O’Donovan Rossa rather than Na Piarsaigh.

10- Brendan O’Hara – Another who was vital to the team that was promoted to the top flight in 1986 and as one stage was one of five brothers lining out at the same stage. A go-to player who could be relied on to take a score. Also briefly managed the senior footballers during their resurrection in recent times.

11- Piaras Donaghy – been playing Senior football since he was 15 and is the heartbeat of the current senior team. Is content pulling the strings from half back, midfield or half forward, and can pick a pass as quickly as he can beat a man? Probably too skilful for the side of 1968 but no doubt that he is worthy of his place in a side in any generation.

12- Stevie Faulkner – another member of the tittle winning side of 1986. Stevie was physically very strong but skilful also. Linked play well between defence and attack as his height enabled him to win clean ball round the middle of the park. Later left and went to play for O’Donovan Rossa.

13- Jamesy Rodgers – it was said in some quarters that Jamesy wasn’t too fond of the physical side of the game. Whether this is true or not is irrelevant as he was a joy to watch in full flow, a speed merchant who loved to take on and beat his marker. Another key member from 1986.

14- Daniel Magee – May be seen by some as a controversial choice but when the facts are looked at it makes more sense. Another who made his senior debut at 15 (or possibly 14), Daniel now has 10 seasons of senior football behind him and although he may not be playing Division 1 or Division 2 football, he more often than not stands out at his current level. Can be unplayable on his day and is as content to be creating a score as he is to taking one himself. His versatility has also seen him play midfield on numerous occasions, where he also excels.

15- Martin Green – played in all five county finals in the 1960s, finally reaching the Holy Grail in 1968. A hard-working corner forward who it always seemed to get on the score from play as well as being a reliable free taker.

Honourable mentions –

Greg Mullan – the goaltender in the side that won promotion to Division 1 in 1986. Was often the difference in tight games in the year they won promotion?

Anthony Finn – was between the sticks from 2008-2013 when the club re-entered divisional and then senior football. A superb shot-stopper, he was on the end of a few drubbings, but his quality more often than not shone through. Again you could be sure that if Na Piarsaigh had got the two points then Finn had earned his corn.

Ciaran Magee – another of the current squad. Can play full-back or midfield and is equally comfortable at both.  Is a commanding presence on the pitch who doesn’t need a captain’s armband to show his leadership qualities.

Eamonn Largey – an industrious hard-working defender with superb fitness levels. Winner of an Intermediate Championship and Beringer Cup medal in 1974.

Frankie Campbell – a fixture at centre half back or full back in the 1970s. Another player who relished the physical side of the game though in one game he burst a spleen as he went up to catch a ball.

Thomas McFarlane – still only 20 but has been a regular at midfield for the last 3 years. Is not only a superb winner of the ball in the air but can also be quite majestic when travelling with the ball on the ground. Is merely a question of how good does he want to be.

Vincent Kearney – another of the golden generation from 1968. Vincent was a no nonsense half back who was also quite capable of foraging forward and creating attacks.


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