“THIS week I’m going to dish out some awards for things that have happened over the season - some conventional and other picks you will not find in Shoot magazine (if that is still going – for younger readers, think of a web blog!).
BEST HOME PERFORMANCE: 2-0 v Linfield – It was a magnificent team performance in September and that result provided everyone with massive self-belief for a title challenge.
BEST AWAY PERFORMACE: 3-0 v Crusaders – This came only a week after the Linfield win and not many teams come away with anything from Seaview.
MOST DISAPPOINTING RESULTS: Although never happy with any kind of a defeat, three results stand out as major disappointments – the two away games v Carrick Rangers in which we only finished with a point and our terrible display at Dungannon Swifts. GOAL OF THE SEASON: Kevin Braniff (home) v Carrick Rangers – Although I would love to include a pre-season overhead kick by a certain striker (and columnist) against Warrenpoint Town, it has to be Kevin’s long-range strike into the top corner with his left foot following some really good team play.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON: I am going for three in Kevin Braniff, Neil McCafferty and David Miskelly – all consistently brilliant.
SURPRISE OF THE SEASON: Ross Redman – His goal against Donegal Celtic surprised Ross’ biggest fans (and the player himself), although I am still not convinced it wasn’t more an own goal by the DC goalkeeper.
FORGOTTEN WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE IN A PAIR OF BOOTS: Wesley Boyle - It is a real shame Wesley has suffered such horrendous injury luck as we have not seen enough of him out on the pitch. However, if he gets his injury op in the summer he should ask them to remove that body warmer!
HAS HE HAD HIS TOES CHOPPED OFF: Andrew Burns – Burnsy, who performed brilliantly over the second half of the campaign, started off in size 12 boots that were obviously too big. He has gradually dropped down to now wear size nines.
WORST DAY OF THE SEASON/MY CAREER/MY LIFE: Last Saturday we lost 4-1 to Coleraine, I felt I did not get any protection and ended up with a broken nose – only to then realise after some post-match sulking that I could not find my car keys.
Frantic calls around the lads – most of whom had mobile phones turned off – finally resulted in the discovery that Richard Lecky had lifted my jacket, although he could only deliver them back on Sunday afternoon.
So, there you go but remember we still have one game left so let’s make the Cliftonville match this weekend like a cup final atmosphere to help drive us on.”