I’m closing this one a bit early, I know, but we’re two hours ahead here in our Ionian idyll so time is pushing on and I’ve another post to stick up after this (with plenty of beer coursing through the veins and all but sure that’s just lubrication). In any event, the people have spoken and their verdict is pretty decisive so I’m delighted to announce that Andy Moran is our Man of the Match from yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Tipperary.
Andy took 49% of the poll for a storming display at Croke Park yesterday, one that saw him bag four points from play in the opening half in which he was central to everything good we did. Andy’s re-emergence as a key man for us has been one of the most uplifting aspects of our rebirth through the qualifiers this year and yesterday’s display now puts him on the grid for a possible All-Star this year. Combined with an All-Ireland medal, what a year that would make for one of our all-time heroes.
Keith Higgins (19% of the vote) and Aidan O’Shea (17%) came next in the poll, with the former getting the nod from RTÉas Man of the Match while Sky Sports gave the accolade to Aidan O’Shea. In addition, Andy, Keith and Aidan were all included by the GAA in a Mayo-only shortlist for their Football Player of the Week poll.
Well done to Andy on his second MOTM award in this year championship. Well done to Keith and Aidan too and also to the rest of the lads for the parts they played in bringing the county to a third All-Ireland final in five years. Heroes, the lot of them.