My favourite 15 – Cushendun

By Seamus Graham

Cushendun Emmet’s veteran Seamus Graham pics his favourite fifteen dating back to the Intermediate Championship winning team of 1973 up to the team that reached the Senior Championship final of 2000

1 – Randall McDonnell.

Great shot stopper, good puck out, hated anyone scoring against him.

2 – Paul McSparran –

Big, strong and used his weight well, great clearance

3 – Dan McKeegan

Fearless, skillful and determined

4 – Conor McNeill

Tough, hard, tight marker

5 – Brendan McSparran

Small in stature but big in heart, very dependable

6 – Dan Kinney

Chip off the old block, don’t need to say any more

7 – Conleth Magee

Still can’t figure out how he lifted the ball, very classy hurler

8 – Aiden Mort

Attacking midfielder, great going forward, could play in any forward line as well

9 – Eamon Graham

More defensive minded, also good in the half-back line

10 – Barry O’Hara

Knew where the posts were, good in the air

11 – Mick O’Neill

Great in the air, has the knuckles to prove it, outstanding mid-fielder or forward

12 – Emmett O’Hara

Tigerish tackler, started off in the backs and brought those skills with him to the forwards

13 – Robert Laverty

Loved to score goals and got plenty of them, great to watch in full flight

14 – Paul Graham

Goals, points, passes he made them all, great vision, also good in the half-forward line

15 – Conrad McDonnell

Great point taker, converted big percentage of frees, also knew how to score goals

Raymond McDonnell, Rory McQuillan, Gary McNeill, Gerry Scally, Liam O’Hara, Eamon McLister

All of these could have easily made the team as well, but unfortunately there were only 15 places.

Raymond in the half-forward line, a very whole hearted player,

Rory in the back line, a very safe player

Gary at left half back very strong, great tackler

Gerry could play anywhere on the field, backs, mid-field or forward

Liam O’Hara, Emmett & Barry’s uncle and an extremely skillful forward with real speed.

Eamon McLister a class forward with great vision and control

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