I know, it may seem faintly ludicrous to talk about a Mayo Man of the Match from last night’s rout by Dublin but, for the reasons I explained in this morning’s post, running the poll still make sense as it gave the opportunity to highlight those players who emerged best from the MacHale Park wreckage.
Chief amongst these was, of course, the lion-hearted Aidan O’Shea who battled away valiantly all night. Nominally named at centre-forward, he played everywhere from midfield to full-forward and over the seventy minutes he gave his all to hold back the blue tide that was engulfing us. And then, once it was all over, he stayed out on the pitch for ages signing autographs for the swarm of kids surrounding him, as the above photo shows.
Aidan attracted a whopping 55% vote in the MOTM poll, comfortably ahead of Keith Higgins on 9% and Jason Doherty on 8%, both of whom also gave good accounts of themselves on what was in every sense a difficult night for us. Well done to all of them.