Deserved Ulster GAA Writers Award for Tyrone Ladies star Shannon Lynch

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Quinn Building Products Ulster Gaa Writers Merit Award for September 2017

There is no doubt that the list of Monthly Merit Award winners in the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Awards honours is an illustrious one and for September 2017, the latest Tyrone GAA recipient is unequivocally richly deserving of the accolade.

Tyrone Ladies may have lost out in a very exciting All-Ireland Ladies’ Intermediate Football Championship final to Tipperary, at Croke Park, yet once again this season the Red Hands’ goalkeeper Shannon Lynch, exhibited outstanding form in the Red Hand ladies goal.

Castlederg girl Shannon brought off a string of super saves that prevented the losers of a heavier defeat. Not only that, she was also in fine form during the semi-final defeat of Sligo during September and it is a big question why the Health Worker did not feature among the three nominations for an Allstar award this year.

In receiving the Ulster GAA Writers Monthly Merit Award, it would seem this has gone some way to making up for Shannon’s double disappointment.

“It does, indeed,” she said, “and it is great to see ladies’ football recognised in this way. It is very nice to see different codes in the GAA recognised and it definitely does ease my disappointment in losing the Al-Ireland final. This is my first individual award and that makes it a bit more special, of course.”

Shannon (25) has been eight years in the Tyrone senior team playing in goals but her club position with St Eugene’s is midfield.

“I prefer playing in goals with the county,” she reveals, “although playing in midfield gives you a different vision of the game.”Now with her county gear packed away for this year, Shannon turns her attention back to club football.

Now with her county gear packed away for this year, Shannon turns her attention back to club football.

“We have the Division Three league final coming up against Edendork and, naturally, we are hoping to win that and get promotion. We lost in the league and championship finals last season, by a point in each, so we don’t want to miss out again,” she stresses.

Shannon pictured with County Management team mambers Liam Swift (Goalkeeping Coach), Barry Grimes, Damian Corrigan, Gerry Moane and County ladies Chairperson, Donna McCrory

To get her September award, presented by Quinn’s Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon, at Quinn’s Corner Donaghamore, Shannon beat off opposition from Slaughtneil football manager Mickey Moran, who led the team to their fourth Derry SFC title and Fermanagh’s Sharon Murphy who netted a penalty 48 seconds from time to give her team a draw with Derry in the All-Ireland LJFC final, a reply they won.

Also for mention was Belfast Sarsfield’s hurler Kevin McKernan and Derry’s Emma Doherty who starred against Fermanagh in the drawn All-Ireland final.

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