The Best XI I Played Against: Ciaran McFadden

Ciaran McFadden is a well-known figure in local soccer circles, and has been scoring goals in the Donegal League for 15 years now.

He has spent most of his time with Gweedore United where he is currently club captain.

McFadden also enjoyed a brief but successful spell with Gweedore Celtic, and starred for Glenea United, the Donegal Youth League team, and the Ulster Schools side when he was a teenager.

The striker has gone up against some quality players during his time and has this week picked the best 11 (4-4-2) he has faced.


Joe Coll (Glenea United):
I played with Joe for Glenea Youths when he was only 14-years-old before Manchester United came calling for him. I think that says it all.

Joe Coll

Damien Hanlon (Keadue Rovers):
He could play anywhere on the pitch. Once I watched him nutmeg the left winger and he fell. Damien turned around and let him get up. Megged him again. In the middle of a game. Pure class.

Seán Coll (Glenea United):
I’ve never played against a more composed player than Seán. Great awareness on the pitch and can pick a pass. Great centre-half. Nightmare to play against.

Ciarán ‘Geordie’ McFadden (Glenea United):
My less talented name sake and first cousin. I only played against Ciarán towards the end of his career. Towering centre-back who learned everything. No wonder Glenea were so successful in the early noughties.

Ciaran ‘Geordie’ McFadden

Kevin Friel (Gweedore Celtic): Kevin was a mainstay in our local rivals’ team for many years. He always used to throw the dummy and chop inside – and I fell for it every time. Seán Cavanagh-esque.


Daniel Cannon (Dunlewey Celtic): I played with Daniel and against and I preferred it when he was on my side. Never stopped working and if he got half a chance it was in the back of the net.

Eamonn Cannon (Glenea United and Bonagee United):
Cannon was at Gweedore United when I was coming into the team. Watched him chip the keeper from the half-way line. He’s won everything at multiple clubs. What a player.

Eamonn Cannon.

Shane O’Donnell (Strand Rovers):
Shane left us a few years ago and made the move to Strand Rovers. He was our engine in midfield. Never stopped working and won everything in the air even though he isn’t the tallest man. Won a few leagues with Strand since.

David Ward (Keadue Rovers):
David has a wand of a left boot. Never liked playing against him and you knew if you gave away any silly free-kicks around the ’18’ you were in trouble.

David Ward, Keadue Rovers.

Oisín McMenamin (Letterkenny Rovers, Finn Harps:
Oisín was my strike partner in our youth days. We’re similar strikers but he was more skilful than I was. He used to terrorise our defence. Quality player.

Tomás Diver

Tommy Diver (Gweedore Celtic): Tommy was another who was in the Gweedore United set-up when I was coming into the team. He knows how to find the back of the net. Great first touch and skill.

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