A spectacular solo score-fest in Fermanagh's Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Four semi-final against Limerick has earned Eimear Smyth the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award for April.
The Ernesiders looked to be on their knees when they trailed by 4-6 to 1-4 at half-time, but Smyth's spectacular accuracy from play and frees after the break turned the match on its head.
An A-Level student at Mount Lourdes, Enniskillen, Smyth's scoring feats have underpinned Fermanagh's progress in league and championship, but her prodigious feat against Limerick won her national acclaim.
"I am delighted to receive the writers' award. The other players in the team did great work in helping to create the scoring chances for me," says Smyth modestly.
In winning the writers' award, she fended off a strong challenge from Cavan handball ace Paul Brady, who won the elite PGA ProStop event in New York, and also from Konrad Kowal who became the first Polish-born player to win an All-Ireland Handball Championship title when he partnered Eoghan McGinnity to clinch the All-Ireland Minor Doubles Championship for Monaghan.
Smyth received her award - consisting of an engraved Belleek Living Vase, training gear from O'Neill's International Sportswear and jewellery from Garrett Mallon's Carlingford Design House - at a presentation ceremony in Quinn's Corner Restaurant, Ballygawley.
Fermanagh went on to beat Antrim 2-08 to 1-10 - Eimear starring with a 1-06 tally - in the Division Four Final in Clones on Saturday to earn promotion.