Cork’s Ephie Fitzgerald is Lidl/Irish Daily Star Manager of the 2019 Ladies National Football League as Waterford’s Ciaran Curran scoops May award

CORK’S Ephie Fitzgerald has been named as the Lidl/Irish Daily Star Manager of the 2019 Ladies National Football League.

Fitzgerald guided the Leesiders to a 12th Division 1 title in all – and a first since 2017.

Cork’s excellent League campaign culminated with Final victory over Galway at Parnell Park on May 5.

Since then, Cork have opened the defence of their TG4 Munster Championship crown with victory over Waterford, and they will face Kerry in Round 3 tomorrow evening (SAT) at Páirc Uí Rinn (5.0).

Cork were beaten TG4 All-Ireland Senior Finalists against Dublin in front of a record 50,141 attendance at Croke Park last September – but they’re fancied by many to go one step further this year.

Cork achieved two victories over Dublin during the 2019 Lidl National League – including an epic extra-time victory in the divisional semi-final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

Meanwhile, the Lidl/Irish Daily Star Manager of the Month for May 2019 is Waterford’s Ciaran Curran.

In his first season at the helm, after taking over from long-serving Pat Sullivan, Curran guided the Déise to promotion from Division 2.

Waterford were superb in the Division 2 Final victory over Munster rivals Kerry on May 5 – before defeating the same opposition in the TG4 Provincial Championship six days later.

That result could yet send Waterford through to the Munster Final – and their progress will be assured if Cork beat Kerry tomorrow.

Ciaran Curran was presented with his award this evening (FRI) by Sian Gray, Head of Marketing, Lidl Ireland, and Karl O’Kane, Gaelic Games Correspondent with the Irish Daily Star.

Overall Manager of the League Ephie Fitzgerald was presented with his award by Sian Gray, Karl O’Kane and Marie Hickey, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

Meanwhile, the players honoured on the Lidl Teams of the 2019 Ladies National Football League received their awards at Croke Park this evening (May 31).

The players on each of the four divisional selections were selected by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s All Star committee.

Division 1 Lidl NFL Team of the League:

  1. Martina O’Brien (Cork)
  2. Martha Byrne (Dublin)
  3. Hannah Looney (Cork)
  4. Melissa Duggan (Cork)
  5. Shauna Kelly (Cork)
  6. Sinéad Burke (Galway)
  7. Charlotte Cooney (Galway)
  8. Louise Ward (Galway)
  9. Niamh Cotter (Cork)
  10. Karen Guthrie (Donegal)
  11. Niamh McEvoy (Dublin)
  12. Aishling Moloney (Tipperary)
  13. Eimear Scally (Cork)
  14. Róisín Leonard (Galway)
  15. Orla Finn (Cork)

Division 2 Lidl NFL Team of the League:

  1. Rosie Landers (Waterford)
  2. Karen McGrath (Waterford)
  3. Aislinn Desmond (Kerry)
  4. Sarah Harding Kenny (Wexford)
  5. Sinéad Greene (Cavan)
  6. Neamh Woods (Tyrone)
  7. Róisín Tobin (Waterford)
  8. Donna English (Cavan)
  9. Emma Murray (Waterford)
  10. Aimee Mackin (Armagh)
  11. Michelle Ryan (Waterford)
  12. Maria Delahunty (Waterford)
  13. Sarah Houlihan (Kerry)
  14. Niamh O’Dea (Clare)
  15. Aileen Wall (Waterford)

Division 3 Lidl NFL Team of the League:

  1. Monica McGuirk (Meath)
  2. Aoife Morrisroe (Sligo)
  3. Sarah Powderly (Meath)
  4. Mairéad Moore (Longford)
  5. Lorna Fusciardi (Wicklow)
  6. Bernice Byrne (Sligo)
  7. Niamh Gallogly (Meath)
  8. Joanne Cregg (Roscommon)
  9. Máire O’Shaughnessy (Meath)
  10. Lauren Boles (Sligo)
  11. Emma Duggan (Meath)
  12. Michelle Farrell (Longford)
  13. Aishling Greene (Longford)
  14. Neasa Dooley (Kildare)
  15. Stacey Grimes (Meath)

Division 4 Lidl NFL Team of the League:

  1. Anna McCann (Antrim)
  2. Kristine Reidy (Limerick)
  3. Erin Murphy (Fermanagh)
  4. Orla Corr (Antrim)
  5. Molly McGloin (Fermanagh)
  6. Cathy Mee (Limerick)
  7. Saoirse Tennyson (Antrim)
  8. Eimear Byrne (Louth)
  9. Lara Dahunsi (Antrim)
  10. Joanne Doonan (Fermanagh)
  11. Edel Hayden (Carlow)
  12. Cathy Carey (Antrim)
  13. Lauren Boyle (Louth)
  14. Eimear Smyth (Fermanagh)
  15. Mairéad Kavanagh (Limerick)

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