Yesterday’s dramatic comeback win over Armagh yesterday was, in essence, a team achievement. Several players came to the fore as we battled it out with the Orchard County at Dr Hyde Park, eventually overwhelming them with a late unanswered scoring burst of five points.
That made the MOTM poll for the game an interesting one, as there wasn’t an obvious standpoint player in our ranks who seemed to merit the award, though there were a number of players who were in with a decent shout.
As the voting progressed, however, it became a straight shootout between Diarmuid O’Connor and the eventual winner Aiden Orme. Aiden led the voting early on but then Diarmuid took over and, having seen how previous polls involving tight margins have gone, I assumed that this was how the vote would end up, with the experienced Ballintubber clubman fending off the young Knockmore player.
That didn’t, though, happen as Aiden enjoyed a renewed surge in support overnight and again today. This was sufficiently large to see him restored to the top of the poll and there he stayed, claiming 20% of the overall vote. As a result, Aiden Orme is the player you have chosen as our MOTM from yesterday’s game.
It’s a well-merited award for a young player who has made a big impression so far this year. He put in a very big shift for us yesterday and while his sole score was a point from a mark he did a huge amount of work besides, turning over the ball – leading directly to scores – and linking up with others in attacking moves.
Aside from Diarmuid (who garnered 18% of the vote), others to feature prominently in the poll were super sub Paddy Durcan and Ryan O’Donoghue (both 13%), as well as Aidan O’Shea, Mattie Ruane, Jordan Flynn and Oisín Mullin (all 5%).
See what I mean? This spread of relatively even support backs up the argument that yesterday’s performance was a real team effort. A winning performance too. Well done to all for the part they played in the win and congrats too to Aiden for his MOTM award.