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Silverware brace is an honour for Derry star Mark Lynch

By John Campbell

Derry skipper Mark Lynch has won a second major individual honour within the space of a month.

Having just recently taken delivery of the Ulster GAA Writers’ monthly merit award following a series of outstanding performances in the Allianz League in March, Lynch has been confirmed as the Opel Player of the Month for April.

This award is in recognition of his huge contribution in taking Derry into the Allianz League final in which they were beaten by Dublin.

“To receive one honour was a bonus but to collect two trophies is extra special.

“I like to think that both are in recognition of the progress that the team has made,” says Banagher clubman Lynch.

His selection was made by the inter-county playing body which renders Lynch’s coup all the more praiseworthy.

In winning the GAA GPA Opel Player of the Month trophy, Lynch, who has just become a father, fended off the stiff challenge of Dublin duo Bernard Brogan and Michael Darragh Macauley.

Meanwhile, Monaghan captain Conor McManus, who led his side to the Division Two title last month, will know shortly if he is to undergo surgery on an ankle injury sustained while playing for his club Clontibret on Friday last week.

McManus was hurt in a collision with his former Monaghan colleague Tommy Freeman and as well as suffering ankle damage he also incurred a knock to the knee.

As things stand, his chances of playing in the Ulster Championship do not look good but a specialist’s report on his injuries is expected next week.

“I will know then what the position is. The ankle is the biggest problem for me and this could not have happened at a worse time,” says McManus, who has been ‘managing’ a hip injury of late.

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