The poll is closed, the votes are counted and the winner of the latest Man of the Match poll is Andy Moran. The county’s most capped player – whose rebirth as a key member of the starting fifteen has been one of the real positives for us from our run through the qualifiers – was central to everything good we did in the first half against Westmeath yesterday evening. Andy wins the award with 31% of the votes cast.
Donal Vaughan is another man who has forced his way back into the starting team as we’ve made our way through the backdoor and the recipient of the MOTM award by Sky last night finished second in the poll here with 26% of the vote. Cillian O’Connor – much improved with his contribution from general play but who suffered a rare off-day from placed balls – came next with 6% of the vote, with Kevin McLoughlin’s hard work in defence and intelligent probing going forward yielding him 6% as well. Brendan Harrison, arguably our most prominent performer at the back yesterday evening, came next on 5%.
Well done to all of them for the parts they played in getting us over the line last night. We’ll need the same and more from them and the rest of the lads back at HQ next Saturday evening when we face Tyrone for the right to meet Tipperary in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final.