The votes are in and counted on our MOTM poll from yesterday’s razor-thin victory over Louth in the summer sun at Castlebar. For the second match in a row and for the fourth time this year, the player who has come out on top of the poll is Aidan O’Shea. The Breaffy player wins the MOTM award with 27% of the vote.
Unusually, it was Aidan’s excellence from placed balls that was the most noteworthy part of his display yesterday. Those tricky left-footed frees have been a problem for us for some time but in recent weeks Aidan has taken on responsibility for them and has made that particular job his own. In a match won by just a solitary point, scoring four from frees obviously counted as a major contribution to the victory.
That wasn’t all Aidan did, of course, as he roamed far and wide in the scorching conditions at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park. We didn’t use him as an outlet inside as much as in recent games – Louth’s ultra-defensive tactics largely negated such an approach – but Aidan still made a telling contribution to the win.
Others to feature prominently in the poll were Padraig O’Hora, who put in a real barnstorming display yesterday, driving forward at every opportunity. It was his best performance in ages and he garnered 17% of the vote. Stephen Coen also did very well, with his 12% of the vote a reflection of this.
Below them there’s a fairly even spread in the voting, which was reflective of the kind of game it was and the conditions it was played in. Well done to all the lads and in particular to Aidan O’Shea, our MOTM from yesterday’s game.