Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 February 2015

Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 Player of the Season

Stephen Hughes - Newry City (left)
Stephen Hughes - Newry City (left) The man they call 'Engine' has really helped drive Newry City forward this season, as they landed second place in the ever-competitive Belfast Telegraph Championship One. Hughes has weighed in with a number of crucial goals and it's no surprise he is now attracting the attention of Premiership clubs.
Gareth Buchanan - Newry City Newry City may have finished 12 points behind Ballinamallard United this season, but they did manage to beat them twice and concede less goals over the course of the regular league season. Newry's number one Gareth Buchanan only let in 19 league goals, putting in a string of fine performances in between the sticks.
Andy Crawford - Ballinamallard United If you want to win a league, you're going to need a striker who gets you goals and that is exactly what Andy Crawford has done for Ballinamallard this season. The Ferney Park favourite scored 17 league goals for the County Fermanagh side, as they reached the pinnacle of the intermediate game. Crawford's senior football experience was also vital for Ballinamallard in this season's title race.
Chris Curran - Ballinamallard United (right) Some players struggle to re-adjust to life in part-time football after a stint at a big club across the water, but former Manchester United youngster Chris Curran has returned to Ferney Park and made a huge impact on United's season. The flying right-winger, who started his career at United as a teenager has caused full-backs problems all season with his goals and assists, and he would be a worthy winner of this award.
David Kee - Ballinamallard United (right) While the likes of Crawford, Curran, Feeney and McCartney grabbed the headlines, David Kee has very much gone unnoticed in the Mallard's title winning season, but the defensive midfielder is rated just as highly by the club’s coaching staff. The defensive midfielder played a key role, winning the ball and laying it off for the club's exciting match-winners.

This season the Belfast Telegraph have allowed fans of Championship football to vote for the Fans Player of the Month. Now that the season is over we are giving you the opportunity to vote for your Fans Belfast Telegraph Championship Player of the Season.

With Ballinamallard United cruising to the the title and Newry City just falling short of promotion in the play-off, the division's top two sides dominate our shortlist.

>>The poll is closed the winner will be announced in the Park pull-out inside the Belfast Telegraph on Monday 21 May.

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