Football All Stars 2019 2020

January 09, 2020

LEO PASSMORE collected his second successive goal-keeping All-star when the 2020 Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ All-star teams in hurling and football were announced at the Dub yesterday (WEDNESDAY).

The Loreto Coleraine Sixth Former is the only player from either team picking up a second All-star with eight different schools honoured in hurling and 12 different seats of learning in football.

Cain Ferguson is the first ever St Ronan’s Lurgan student to collect a hurling All-star while Abbey’s MacRory Cup captain Sean Campbell also gets a slot in the hurling forward line.

St Ronan’s and Abbey are also recognised in the All-star football forward line with awards respectively for James McCormack and John McGovern.

Josh Largo-Elis, St Michael’s Enniskillen centre-half back in their historic Hogan Cup success last April, is included in half-back although Oisin Brady, son of former Cavan captain Dessie, edges him out of the centre of the line that also includes Aidan Harney a son of former Armagh player Colin.

Omagh CBS, St Patrick’s Armagh and St Ciaran’s Ballygawley are the only schools to pick up two awards each with Errigal Ciaran defender Cormac Quinn probably the best known after a strong under-age career with Tyrone.

Also well known is St Eunan’s Letterkenny and Donegal under 20 star Shane O’Donnell who is selected in the forward line. Shane’s brother Niall followed up a Schools’ All-star three years ago with an Ulster senior medal in 2019.

The other Donegal player in the team, midfielder Rory O’Donnell, is the first ever player from Loreto Community School in Milford to gain recognition in the awards which are now in their 33rd year.

This means that 51 schools have now been recognised over the years, 44 in football, 30 in hurling and 23 schools crossing codes.

2019-20 Danske Bank Ulster Schools Football All Stars

  1. Oran Grimes (Omagh CBS)
  2. Cormac Quinn (St Ciaran’s Ballygawley)
  3. Lennox Camara (St Patrick’s Armagh)
  4. Redmond French (St Colman’s Newry)
  5. Josh Largo-Elis (St Michael’s Enniskillen)
  6. Oisin Brady (St Patrick’s Cavan)
  7. Aidan Harney (St Patrick’s Armagh)
  8. Odhrán Robinson (St Ciaran’s Ballygawley)
  9. Rory O’Donnell (Loreto Community School Milford)
  10. John McGovern (Abbey CBS)
  11. Ethan Doherty (St Patrick’s Maghera)
  12. Shane O’Donnell (St Eunan’s Letterkenny)
  13. James McCormack (St Ronan’s Lurgan)
  14. Daniel Fullerton (Omagh CBS)
  15. Conor McAteer (St Pius X Magherafelt)

2019-20 Danske Bank Ulster Schools Football All Star profiles

  • Goalkeeper : Oran Grimes

School : Omagh CBS

Club: Killyclogher

Oran has collected Danske Bank Nannery and MacCormack Cup medals with Omagh CBS and was on the team that lost the MacRory Cup final last March to St Michael’s Enniskillen.

He was on the Tyrone side that won both the 2019 under 20 league and Ulster championship and with Killyclogher collected a Tyrone minor medal.

  • Right Corner Back : Cormac Quinn

School : St Ciaran’s Ballygawley
Club: Errigal Ciaran

Cormac has represented Tyrone at under-age level winning All-Ireland and Ulster under 17 titles in 2017 as well as a Buncrana Cup and Ulster league.

With Errigal Ciaran he has won Tyrone under 16 and two minor titles as well as a Reserve championship and was part of the club side that reached the Tyrone senior final in 2017

  • Full-back: Lennox Camara

School : St Patrick’s Armagh
Club: Lurgan Clan na nGael

Lennox was part of the St Patrick’s team that reached last year’s MacCormack Cup final and MacRory Cup semi-final, while he has played for Armagh at under-age level.

With his club he has won Armagh under 16 league and championships and played in under 16 and under 21 Ulster finals

  • Left Corner Back: Redmond French

School : St Colman’s Newry
Club: Clann Éireann

Redmond was part of the St Colman’s team that won the Danske Bank Rannafast and All-Ireland Paul McGirr Cups last season.

He has played with Armagh minors for the past two seasons and won county titles at under 14, under 16 and under 21 levels

  • Right-half back : Josh Largo-Elis

School : St Michael’s Enniskillen
Club: St Molaise Irvinestown

Josh was centre-half back on the school team that won the MacRory and Hogan Cup titles last year and he has played for Fermanagh at all levels up to under 20.

He captained St Molaise to a minor league and championship double

  • Centre-half back : Oisin Brady

School : St Patrick’s Cavan

Club: Killygarry

Oisín has collected Danske Bank Corn na nÓg and Rannafast Cup titles with St Patrick’s College and played for Cavan at all age-groups up to under 20 last season.

Oisin has won two Cavan under 16 and a minor championship with Killygarry and is the son of Dessie a former county captain.

  • Left-half back : Aidan Harney 

School : St Patrick’s Armagh
Club: Pearse Óg, Armagh

Aidan was part of the St Patrick’s team that reached last year’s MacCormack Cup final and MacRory Cup semi-final, while he has played for Armagh at under-age level.

He won an Armagh Division 2 championship with Pearse Óg last year and has represented his county in under-age hurling. His father is former Armagh footballer Colin Harney.

  • Midfield : Odhrán Robinson

School : St Ciaran’s Ballygawley
Club: Errigal Ciaran

Odhrán has won Tyrone one under 16 and two minor titles as well as a Reserve championship and was part of the club side that reached the Tyrone senior final in 2017. He has represented St Ciaran’s at all age-levels.

  • Midfield : Rory O’Donnell

School : Loreto Community School Milford

Club: Milford

Rory is the first player from his school to gain an All-star. He has helped Loreto to win Danske Bank Corn Mac Neasa and Arthurs Cup as well as the Donegal Schools’ title. He has also represented Donegal at under-age level.

He has been Milford’s leading player through the age groups winning the county Division 2 Northern title last year.

  • Right-half forward : John McGovern

School : Abbey CBS

Club: Ballyholland Harps

John has helped Abbey to the Danske Bank Dalton and Brock Cups and has captained Down at minor level.

With Ballyholland he has collected two Féile titles, and under 14 and minor championships.

John has also played representative soccer at under 19 level and with Newry AFC

  • Centre-half forward : Ethan Doherty

School : St Patrick’s Maghera
Club: Watty Graham’s Glen

Ethan has not won any major medals but has represented his school in Danske Bank Dalton and Rannafast Cup finals and has also reached Ulster finals with Derry at minor and under 20 level.

Last autumn he was in the Watty Graham’s panel that lost the Derry county final to Magherafelt.

  • Left-half forward : Shane O’Donnell

School : St Eunan’s Letterkenny
Club: St Eunan’s.

Shane has collected a Danske Bank Treanor Cup with his school and represented Derry through the age groups. A dual player, he has won Donegal hurling and football league and championship titles at all age levels as well and Ulster under 16 football club title in 2017.

His brother Niall was an All-star in 2017 and won an Ulster senior medal with Donegal in 2019

  • Right-corner forward : James McCormack

School : St Ronan’s Lurgan

Club : Ballyhegan.

James has represented his school and county at all levels in football while he has been the outstanding player for his club through the under age ranks captaining the Ballyhegan team to the Armagh minor league and championship finals.

James also plays soccer for Loughgall and has won a number of trophies with them

  • Full forward : Daniel Fullerton

School: Omagh CBS

Club: Carrickmore

Daniel is a winner of a Danske Bank Dalton Cup and MacCormack Cup with Omagh and has won an Ulster minor league title with Tyrone. With Carrickmore he has been involved in a plethora of county championship winning teams up to under 21 level and he has won an Ulster under 16 club title.

  • Left-corner forward :  Conor McAteer

School : St Pius X Magherafelt

Club: Newbridge Sean O’Leary’s

Although Conor has represented St Pius X at all levels, he is yet to win trophies. It has been a similar story with Tyrone losing the 2018 Ulster minor final and with Newbridge losing the 2014 Féile final.
In soccer Conor has won a NI Shield with St Pius X.