The most recent time before yesterday that Mayo had played Armagh at the Athletic Grounds was when the two counties clashed there in a Division One tie back in 2012. We won that game by six points and the only survivor from our team from that night who also took place in yesterday’s dramatic draw was Aidan O’Shea.
Aidan fairly imposed himself on proceedings in the match eleven years ago and he did so to extremely good effect again yesterday. He started the game as a late replacement for Diarmuid O’Connor and took on a roving assignment, spending time out around the middle but, to more effect, in the forward line, including as far up top as full-forward.
Once we began to feed Aidan with decent ball, he made productive use of it. He scored two points (one from a mark), he distributed well and he drove us forward in attack for much of the second half. Little wonder he looked gassed as he came off just before the frantic finish had reached its dramatic crescendo.
Aidan’s performance for us yesterday was his best for the county for quite a while. It was so good that you’ve voted him as our MOTM from yesterday’s game.
Aidan wins the award with 29% of the vote. Ryan O’Donoghue, voted our MOTM last weekend against Galway, attracted strong support too, garnering 19% of the vote, followed by Jordan Flynn (14%). Matthew Ruane and Conor Loftus both racked up 6% of the vote.
Well done to them all, but in particular to Aidan, who fairly rolled back the years with yesterday’s barnstorming showing for us.