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Meet the five Ulster stars in the Minor Team of the Year

By Declan Bogue

A strong Ulster representation flavours the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Football Team of the Year, with four players from finalists Derry and one from semi-finalists Cavan.

Both sides fell to a simply astonishing Kerry side that was inspired by the performances of David Clifford, who is hotly-fancied to take the Player of the Year crown for this level.

The team is made up of players who captured Man of the Match and Player of the Week awards over the course of the summer action.

Who are the Ulster players that made the grade?

Conor McCluskey

County: Derry

Club: Magherafelt

Position: Full-back

What Oisín McConville said: "Conor was one of the outstanding defenders of this year's Championship. He was as sticky and difficult to mark as anyone else we saw. Though strong in the tackle, it was McCluskey's reading of the game and where the ball would travel that was the standout feature in much of his play."

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Conor McCluskey (right)

Padraig McGrogan

County: Derry

Club: Newbridge

Position: Centre-half back

What Oisín McConville said: "The centre-half back was an easy decision for the panel. Padraig McGrogan has been in scintillating form all year. His running is direct."

Details: McGrogan claimed the Man of the Match award in the Ulster final.

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Padraig McGrogan has been in scintillating form all year. Photo: Philip Magowan/Presseye

Oisín McWilliams

County: Derry

Club: Swatragh

Position: Midfield

What Oisín McConville said: "Midfield was an incredibly tight one to call for many reasons, but the panel finally couldn't get Oisín McWilliams' displays from our thoughts."

Lorcan McWilliams

County: Derry

Club: Swatragh

Position: Full-forward

Details: Having scored three points in Derry's opener against Tyrone, McWilliams became a staple selection for his management. His dominating display against Dublin in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Semi-Final saw him awarded Man of the Match.

Oisín Pierson

County: Cavan

Club: Gowna

Position: Right full-forward

What Oisín McConville said: "Being Cavan's only representative is a huge acknowledgement as to how impressive Oisín Pierson has been over the course of this year's Minor Championship and he takes his place at right-full forward."

Awards night

The Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards take place on October 7 in Croke Park, where the Player of the Year presentation will also be made. Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers legend McConville was speaking in his role as a brand ambassador.

Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Football Team of the Year

1. Deividas Uosis (Kerry, Dingle), 2. Peadar Ó Cofaigh Byrne (Dublin, Cuala), 3. Conor McCluskey (Derry, Magherafelt), 4. Cian Gammell (Kerry, Killarney Legion), 5. Michael Potts (Kerry, Dr Crokes), 6. Padraig McGrogan (Derry, Newbridge), 7. Niall Donohue (Kerry, Firies), 8. Barry Mahony (Kerry, St.Senan's), 9. Oisin McWilliams (Derry, Swatragh), 10. Ross McGarry (Dublin, Ballyboden St Enda's), 11. David Clifford (Kerry, Fossa), 12. Donal O'Sullivan (Kerry, Kilgarvan), 13. Oisin Pierson (Cavan, Gowna), 14. Lorcan McWilliams (Derry, Swatragh), 15. Fiachra Clifford (Kerry, Laune Rangers).

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