The votes are in and counted on the MOTM poll from yesterday’s hugely satisfying win over Donegal up in Ballybofey. This one had an obvious winner and it’s no surprise that you’ve voted Aidan O’Shea as our MOTM from the game. He was also selected for the honour on TG4 as well as being included in the GAA’s Team of the Week and on the shortlist for the GAA’s Football Player of the Week.
Aidan was just unstoppable yesterday. He’s a better outlet for the ball this year, in large part because – at last, only fifteen years since he broke into the Senior team – we’re finally sending him ball that he can do something with.
He was a lurking danger upfront yesterday, where he enjoyed the best of his exchanges with Donegal ‘keeper Shaun Patton. As well as tackling and harrying, claiming ball and offloading it, yesterday he went for the posts himself, scoring one from play, two marks and this delicious free from out the right wing.
Those of you who have listened to the Final Whistle pod we recorded right after the game will have heard Donegal’s Martin McHugh pay fulsome tribute to the Breaffy club man. He said we’re lucky to have him and, you know, he’s not wrong.
While we were chatting up on the terrace, down below us on the pitch, getting on for half an hour after the game was over, Aidan was still out there, making time for supporters young and old. Top man.
Aidan wins this week’s MOTM award having claimed 30% of the vote. His Breaffy club mate Matthew Ruane put in his best performance of the year to date in yesterday’s game, bagging three first half points to top what was a barnstorming display, one that earned him 21% of the vote.
Conor Loftus, settling nicely into a backline position that gives him a licence to bomb forward at will, comes next on 9%. He’s joined on that mark by Paddy Durcan, another strong performer yesterday, with Colm Boyle on the pod remarking that Paddy showed glimpses of the kind of form that won him an All-Star a few years ago.
They weren’t the only prominent players for us yesterday, as the voting leaderboard below confirms, on a day when most of the lads can be very happy with how the game went for them. Well done to them all and, in particular, to Aidan O’Shea, our MOTM from yesterday’s game.