10 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Colm Shalvey

Player of the Year: Dessie Mone: In other years, it was hard to find players who had played consistently well, but there were plenty of contenders in 2013. Tigerish defender Colin Walshe and prolific forward Conor McManus were rewarded for outstanding campaigns with deserved All-Star awards, Kieran Hughes added consistency to his undoubted ability, Drew Wylie nailed down the full-back position with his superb championship form and Owen Lennon had perhaps his best year in the Monaghan jersey.

Dessie Mone arguably typified Monaghan’s character and attitude in 2013, however. The Clontibret man’s controlled aggression in the tackle and boundless energy were key assets throughout the year. Mone spent most of the league campaign in the full-back line, where he gave some good performances, but it was when restored to wing-back that he really came into his own. He helped turn the NFL Final after coming on as a sub – having missed out on starting due to injury – before continually driving Monaghan forward in the championship. He won a second Ulster All-Star award and a third national All-Star nomination, although he missed out to Mayo duo Lee Keegan and Colm Boyle and Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan in a very competitive half-back line.

Highlights of the Year:
1) Freeman seals Ulster final win: Monaghan were in command of the Ulster SFC Final from early on; keeping Donegal scoreless for more than half-an-hour, leading from start to…

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