Football Player of the Year 2021

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Brendan Rogers
Karl Mc Kaigue
Kevin Cassidy

TWO years ago, Daryl Branagan was the man to win Ulster’s Best Club Footballer award, as Kilcoo looked to the future to see if they could add All-Ireland glory to their wardrobe with domed trophies.
“You can sometimes be a little criticized, I was told that I was not the best player in the house,” he joked as he picked up the trophy.

His brother Eugene was named to that year’s All-Star football team. The man in tights eventually helped the Magpies climb the mountain and win the Andy Merrigan Cup.
The Gaelic Life All-Stars night will be a night of celebration for the Down and Steelstown pivots who backed their Derry and Ulster titles with All-Ireland success in dominating fashion.
Cahir McMonagle kicked in for fun in an Owenbeg monsoon as Steelstown issued a formidable challenge to Moortown, with Diarmuid Baker running relentlessly to link the game.
Denn had Cavell Keogan as his attacking backbone as they took Ulster honors at junior level.

Conor Glass and Tiernan Kelly helped their clubs to senior glory with consistent performances in Ulster. Jerome Johnston’s goal against Glen was the defining moment of Ulster’s Senior Championship. Micéal Rooney’s final clearance at Croke Park ensuring Kilmacud Crokes didn’t put out Kilcoo’s lights before Johnston’s extra-time winning goal. Then you have Niall ‘Bobo’ Kane’s goal (he claims it) which brought Kilcoo back into the game.

Derrygonnelly was one of Ulster’s stories but once Kilcoo kicked into high gear in the final the woting was on the wall. Ryan Jones was their mainstay of midfield consistency, with Eamonn McHugh their key scorer with his role on Niall Sludden at the center of their extra-time win over Dromore. Kevin Cassidy (2018), Karl McKaigue (2017) and Brendan Rogers (2016) were the three players of the year ahead of Daryl Branagan to annex this prestigious award. The Gaelic Life judging panel will sift through the performances of the 15 players to see who will win the All-Sports Footballer of the Year award for 2021. It’s no easy task.

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Posted: 4:48 PM Mar 2, 2022

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