GAA: Derry star Mark Lynch pays tribute to team mates after award

Derry star Mark Lynch receives the Ulster GAA Writers' Association award for March from Association Chairman, Mr John Martin.

Derry star Mark Lynch receives the Ulster GAA Writers' Association award for March from Association Chairman, Mr John Martin.

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Derry captain Mark Lynch paid tribute to his team mates after the Banagher man picked up the Ulster GAA Writers’ Association Player of the Month award for March.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s National League semi-final against Mayo in Croke Park, Lynch said his award was a reflection on the performances of the entire Derry panel thorughout an impressive return to Division One.

“I can’t take the credit for Derry reaching the semi-finals,” explained Lynch, “There were a lot of other players doing the work that led to my scores.

“If they hadn’t done their jobs, the chances for me to score wouldn’t have been created. This award is a big surprise for me and it is, indeed, very nice to get it. I’m really honoured but, as I said, others deserved it more so.”

The selectors said there were many fine individual performances to consider throughout the month but Lynch’s displays edged him ahead of the pack. His scoring feats and leadership went a long to ensuring Derry a place in Sunday’s semi-final and according to the selection panel, tipped the scales.

The Banagher player scored 1-8 against All-Ireland title holders Dublin and 1-6 against Kildare to make last Sunday’s game with Mayo little more than a run-out.

The 28-year-old engineer, and dual player, will now be hoping Brian McIver’s squad can add team silverware to add to his individual award after such an encouraging start to the season.

Other outstanding performances during March were given by Antrim hurler Paul Shiels, versatile Monaghan star Dessie Mone, Fermanagh scorer-in-chief Thomas Corrigan, Donegal’s Christy Toye on his return from injury, All-Ireland Championship Handball winners Aisling Reilly (Antrim) and Johnny Woods (Tyrone) and Red Hand hurler Damien Casey.

The Derry captain received an engraved Belleek Living Vase, compliments of Belleek Pottery, training gear from O’Neill’s Sportswear, specially designed silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon, a sports voucher from the UGAAWA and two tickets plus erry captain Mark Lynch paid tribute to his team mates after the Banagher man picked up the Ulster GAA Writers’ Association Player of the Month award for March.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s National League semi-final against Mayo in Croke Park, Lynch said his award was a reflection on the performances of the entire Derry panel thorughout an impressive return to Division One.

“I can’t take the credit for Derry reaching the semi-finals,” explained Lynch, “There were a lot of other players doing the work that led to my scores.

“If they hadn’t done their jobs, the chances for me to score wouldn’t have been created. This award is a big surprise for me and it is, indeed, very nice to get it. I’m really honoured but, as I said, others deserved it more so.”

The selectors said there were many fine individual performances to consider throughout the month but Lynch’s displays edged him ahead of the pack. His scoring feats and leadership went a long to ensuring Derry a place in Sunday’s semi-final and according to the selection panel, tipped the scales.

The Banagher player scored 1-8 against All-Ireland title holders Dublin and 1-6 against Kildare to make last Sunday’s game with Mayo little more than a run-out.

The 28-year-old engineer, and dual player, will now be hoping Brian McIver’s squad can add team silverware to add to his individual award after such an encouraging start to the season.

Other outstanding performances during March were given by Antrim hurler Paul Shiels, versatile Monaghan star Dessie Mone, Fermanagh scorer-in-chief Thomas Corrigan, Donegal’s Christy Toye on his return from injury, All-Ireland Championship Handball winners Aisling Reilly (Antrim) and Johnny Woods (Tyrone) and Red Hand hurler Damien Casey.

The Derry captain received an engraved Belleek Living Vase, compliments of Belleek Pottery, training gear from O’Neill’s Sportswear, specially designed silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon, a sports voucher from the UGAAWA and two tickets plus overnight accommodation to the UGAAWA Annual Awards Banquet in November.

overnight accommodation to the UGAAWA Annual Awards Banquet in November.