The Best XI I Played Against: Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty is a well-known figure in local soccer circles, and is a Milford United stalwart.

He made his senior debut in 1997 and went on to play for over twenty years. He also played for a season with Bonagee United, and was a regular with the Donegal League Oscar Traynor team for the best part of ten years.

Doherty went up against some quality players during his time and has this week picked the best 11 (4-3-3) he faced, with honourable mentions for Terence Shiels, Colin Ferry, Benny McLaughlin, Eamonn Sheridan, and Mark Neeson.


Christopher Sweeney (Gweedore Celtic)

Christopher was a great shot-stopper and it was always very hard to score against him. A nice fella off the pitch. Apparently he played for Ireland as well but he never mentions it!

Seamus Coleman (St Catherine’s)

I only played against Seamie once and it was in a game that was moved to Dunkineely. He was only around 15 or 16 but he was brilliant. He gave ‘Dixie’ (Danny Gallagher) a roasting down our left wing and not many did that. ‘Dixie’ says he’s still dizzy to this day.

Ciaran ‘Geordie’ McFadden

Ciaran ‘Geordie’ McFadden (Glenea United)

Ciaran was a real old fashioned defender. You knew you were in for a battle if you saw him playing. He loved it when I was talking to referees, and was very quick to tell me to shut it.


Frank McGee (Gweedore United)

Big Frank was another old school defender. He was strong at the back but would go up front too, and scored plenty of goals. He was the craziest man I played against, and would chat about anything and everything to you over the course of ninety minutes.

Aiden Duddy (Dunkineely Celtic)

Myself and Duddy played with one another for the Interprovincials in 1998 and then against each other for a long time after that. He had a great left foot, was good in the air, and was a brilliant at free-kicks. Dunkineely were very strong for a while, and Duddy was one of their main men.

Eamonn Cannon

Eamonn Cannon (Gweedore Celtic, Glenea United, & Bonagee United)

I have been going up against Eamonn since my first day involved in football and he was always a strong player in the middle of the field. He’s had a pile of clubs, but an exceptional player for each team he played with.

Dan Breslin (St Catherine’s)

We had many battles with St Catherine’s and Dan was always a man you had to watch out for. He was great on the ball and superb in the air. He was the only man I saw that could compete for a header with Sean Barrett. That says it all – top drawer.

Kevin Mulhern (Glenea United)

Kevin was always a solid player and a tough man to play against. I used to love going down to Glenea although it was never easy or quiet! Kevin summed up the whole experience down there – 100% from the first minute to the last.

Kevin Mulhern

Damian Patton (Lifford Celtic)

‘Pajo’ was a very underrated player. When you were playing Lifford, the heads had to be on it because ‘Pajo’ was always on his game. He was a very skilful player which was impressive considering that pitch up there was usually like a mud bath.

Maurice Ferry (Glenea United and Gweedore United)

Maurice Ferry was the best goalscorer I came across in my time by an absolute mile. When I was younger, he was banging them in for fun. We knew we would have to score three goals to win because ‘Dixie’ would nearly always get two. A brilliant centre-forward.

Maurice Ferry

Nigel McMonagle (Inishowen and Greencastle)

Nigel was a super forward and a hard man to stop. He would have been an important player for Inishowen in the Oscar Traynor down through the years, and we also went up against him when he was with Greencastle. He always played on the left side and was a danger every time he got the ball.

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