Mackin named Ulster Club Footballer of the Year

February 3, 2014

Richard Bullick

Aimee Mackin’s stunning season has been duly recognised when she was named Ulster Club Footballer of the Year at last week’s Gaelic Life Awards dinner.

Naturally there is much concentration on the inter-county scene but the weekly gaelic games newspaper’s oscars ceremony honours players who have shone at club level and in 2013 Mackin was the brightest star of all.

Although playing at third tier level, in the Junior Championship, Mackin’s exploits were so sensational that she saw off challengers from higher up the club chain to pocket the prestigious award.

The corresponding camogie award was won by Meabh McGoldrick, captain of Ulster Senior champions Eoghan Rua, whereas in ladies gaelic football the nominees from Senior and Intermediate level were eclipsed by the remarkable Mackin.

Before last season, no Armagh club had ever won an Ulster title at any level but Shane O’Neill’s made double history by winning the Junior provincial championship and adding the Minor (Under 18) version for good measure.

These triumphs were team efforts but it is impossible not to highlight Mackin’s exceptionally prolific record, starting with 2-13 in August’s Armagh Junior Championship final against Dorsey in the Athletic Grounds.

She then notched up 11-34 in four rounds of the Ulster Junior Championship, culminating in Shane’s victory over Tyrone’s Aghyaran in the final at Emyvale in October before hitting 5-5 in a losing cause in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

In the Ulster Minor Championship, Mackin contributed a stunning 4-11 in the final as Shane’s won an absolutely cracking contest, to take her tally for the competition to 9-22 in four matches.

Her sensational 3-12 in St Paul’s victory in last week’s Ulster Senior Schools Cup final takes Mackin’s tally to a truly mind-boggling 30-86 in 10 big championship matches for club and school in the past five months.

During that time the multi-talented teenager, who captained Armagh Under 16s last season, has also made her senior international debut for the Northern Ireland women’s soccer side in the World Cup qualifiers and been brought into the senior Armagh gaelic panel for the National League.