By Paul O’Malley
Super League Team of the Year
With the Super League all said and done, it is time to take stock and name the players who make up the league’s best XI.
There were some positions on this team that were easy to pick but there are other spots where players might feel harshly done by but such is the essence of team of the season awards. So without further adieu, the Edge of the Box team of year is as follows:
GK: Emmet Peyton (Ballina Town)
Peyton was exceptional for Ballina this season as they finished the season in second place. A brilliant keeper who demanded the very best out of those outfield, commanding from his area for 90 minutes.
RB: Jack Rochford (Ballyheane)
Ballyheane’s resident penalty specialist wasn’t just about the spot kicks, although he did score a handful of them. He was a constant attacking threat on the right flank and ably carried out his defensive work when called upon.
CB: Jack Tuffy (Ballyheane)
The best centre back in the Super League this season by far. He put in solid performance after solid performance and took the captain’s armband on a few occasions. A real leader for his team.
CB: Chris Moore (Ballina Town)
Moore has looked at home in the Ballina backline during his first season in Belleek having moved up from Manulla. Formed a brilliant partnership with Dan Gorman in the second half of the season.
LB: Dara Ludden (Ballyheane)
A real creative force for Ballyheane, attacking from left back. He proved to be one of the best players in the league and will only get better from here.
RM: Mark Maloney (Claremorris)
Claremorris had an excellent season and would not be too far off a title challenge of their own. Mark Maloney was one of the most impressive youngsters in the Super League and has a bright future ahead of him.
CM: Andy Cunnane (Ballyhaunis Town)
If not for the goals and overall effort of their captain Andy Cunnane, Ballyhaunis would have found it very tough to stay in the league this season.
CM: Sean Kilcoyne (Ballyheane)
Another captain fantastic in centre midfield, Kilcoyne was one of the most underrated players in the league the last couple of seasons but not many will overlook him now.
LM: Jamie Cawley (Ballina Town)
Another brilliant season for the winger, who made life hell for manys a full back up and down the league. His importance to Ballina cannot be overstated.
ST: Liam Irwin (Ballyheane)
One of the best footballers in the Super League and the key man in Ballyheane’s title win. A goals and assists machine and could have future in the javelin with those long throw-ins.
ST: Ben Edeh (Ballyheane)
A serious operator up front for Ballyheane. Scored in 10 out of their 13 matches and was a constant danger to the opposition.