David Clifford named minor footballer of the year

Meanwhile, Cork’s Brian Turnbull was selected as the minor hurler of the year

Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates after winning the minor All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates after winning the minor All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

 

After helping Kerry to an All-Ireland minor football championship title, David Clifford has been named as the Minor Footballer of the Year, while Cork’s Brian Turnbull won the hurlers award.

Clifford was a key figure yet again as Kerry secured their fourth minor title in four years. The Fossa clubman scored 1-10 in the semi-final win over Cavan and 4-4 as Kerry defeated Derry in the final at Croke Park in September.

The 18-year-old has now scored 10-68 in his 12 minor championship matches over the past two seasons and is widely expected to be a mainstay in the senior county team for years to come.

Meanwhile, Turnbull amassed a total of 1-51 over the course of the minor hurling championship this year, notching 1-7 in his side’s All-Ireland final loss to Galway at Croke Park.

Kerry legend Jack O’Connor was also honoured on Saturday with the Minor Star Special Merit Award, presented to him by Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh, for his significant contribution to minor football in Kerry.

Minor hurling team of the year

Darach Fahy (Galway, Ardrahan), Caimin Killeen (Galway, Loughrea), Sean O’Leary Hayes (Cork, Midleton), Darren Morrissey (Galway, Sarsfields), Aidan McCarthy (Clare, Inagh-Kilnamona), James Keating (Cork, Kildorrery), Lee Gannon (Dublin, Whitehall Colmcilles), Daire Connery (Cork, Na Piarsaigh), Conor Fahey (Galway, Padraig Pearses), Brian Roche (Cork, Bride Rovers), Sean Currie (Dublin, Na Fianna), Adrian Mullen (Kilkenny, Ballyhale Shamrocks), Sean Bleahane (Galway, Ahascragh-Fohenagh), Jack Canning (Galway, Portumna), Brian Turnbull (Cork, Douglas).

Minor football team of the year

Deividas Uosis (Kerry, Dingle), Peadar Ó Cofaigh Byrne (Dublin, Cuala), Conor McCluskey (Derry, Magherafelt), Cian Gammell (Kerry, Killarney Legion), Michael Potts (Kerry, Dr Crokes), Padraig McGrogan (Derry, Newbridge), Niall Donohue (Kerry, Firies), Barry Mahony (Kerry, St.Senan’s), Oisin McWilliams (Derry, Swatragh), Ross McGarry (Dublin, Ballyboden St Enda’s), David Clifford (Kerry, Fossa), Donal O’Sullivan (Kerry, Kilgarvan), Oisin Pierson (Cavan, Gowna), Lorcan McWilliams (Derry, Swatragh), Fiachra Clifford (Kerry, Laune Rangers).

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