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Ulster's hot-shots

Armagh's Steven McDonnell
Steven McDonnell is top of the scoring charts for the first time

Steven McDonnell has topped the Ulster Championship Hot Shots for the first time.

The Armagh points machine has so far notched up 1-17 in his four matches in the Ulster Championship which has moved him up level with Down great Sean O'Neill on 176 points.

Paddy Bradley's scoring run stuttered dramatically after Derry where dumped out of the Anglo-Celt, and then the qualifiers.

The Glenullin man finished with 0-13 but he did, however, into third place in the all-time scorer's ahead of Cavan's legendary Peter Donohoe and Down great Paddy Doherty.

He has now totalled 216 points, including qualifiers, but is agonisingly two points short of Tyrone legend Peter Cavavan.

He has scored 2-38, 2-29, 2-20, 1-25, and now 0-17 in the last five seasons, albeit it mainly through the qualifiers, and is now the top scorer ever from Derry having made his debut in 2000.

His average is also the highest from the top group, with around five points per game.

Bradley, who has a few years left in the game yet, has his eyes on top marksman Oisin McConville.

McConville stretched his lead at the top of the all-time Ulster scoring charts last season but due to injury did not feature much for Armagh this season and with his retirement his points tally remained on 230.

However, players like Down great Doherty did not have the advantage of playing through the 'back door', though he did get to play in 11 Ulster finals and in 44 Championship matches, with an average of 4.5 points per match.

As for Canavan, his records are almost identical having played in 49 Championship matches with an average of 4.4 points per game.

He played in nine qualifying games, adding 1-25 to his total. Without this, Canavan's career total would be 8-167 (191) which would leave him in fourth place on the list.

Steve McDonnell 1-17 (20)

Seanie Johnston 0-14 (14)

Paddy Bradley 0-13 (13)

Ronan Clarke 1-9 (12)

Aidan Carr 0-10 (10)

Colm McCullagh 1-6 (9)

Benny Coulter 2-3 (7)

He played in four less games than Doherty and did not complete a significant number of his Championship matches due to numerous injuries and the odd red card.

Last season Monaghan ran away with the Ulster hotshots with Thomas Freeman topping the scoring chart with a 1-15 total.


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