McDONNELL CALLS TIME
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
ARMAGH legend Steven McDonnell has hung up his boots after helping his club Killeavy avoid relegation with victory over rivals Dromintee on Saturday.
Having taken on the role as Armagh U21 manager last month, McDonnell has decided to call time on his exceptional playing career, a career that began in 1987 in the ranks of the Killeavy U10 and came to an end with victory over Dromintee in the last match of the 2013 league season.
In the intervening 26 years, McDonnell won almost every award that the game had to offer from Feile and Minor success, through the high point of a coveted All-Ireland medal in 2002, to three All-Stars and representative honours to last year's Intermediate championship success back at the club where it all started.
As well as scoring the winning point against Kerry in 2002, McDonnell was the first player to score over a century (118) of points for the Ireland International Rules team, which he captained in 2010.
The star forward has been a tremendous ambassador both on and off the field of play and a stellar role model for thousands of children partaking in Gaelic football.
He scored three points in his last match that may not have been as important as the three points he once scored in an All-Ireland final, but they marked his final playing contribution to the Killeavy cause that he served so well.
His standing in the game is second to none and the genuine esteem in which he is held was shown in a guard of honour formed by players from both Killeavy and Dromintee as he exited the field of play for the last time.
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