Mayo supporters need no reminding that Cillian O’Connor is in the form of his life right now. The whole country surely awoke to this realisation following his astonishing performance in yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary at a fog-bound Croke Park.
Cillian’s 4-9 haul yesterday wasn’t just the highest tally ever recorded by a football player in an All-Ireland semi-final, it was the highest ever individual score posted by a player in the entire history of the football Championship.
Already the top scorer in Championship history, Cillian has continued to add to his tally at a right old clip this year. And as he does, the records continue to tumble. Yesterday he reached an aggregate total of thirty goals scored in the Championship, surpassing Mikey Sheehy’s record of 29 in the process.
It follows that he is, without question, our Man of the Match from yesterday’s game. Your votes have confirmed this – Cillian came out top with 38% support in the poll.
I found it interesting earlier today to go back and have another listen of Billy Joe Padden’s interview in May this year with Cillian on the Mayo News football podcast. In it, Cillian spoke about how good it felt, for the first time in ages, to be free of injury and there are clear hints from what he said then of what we’ve seen from him on the field in recent weeks. It’s an interview that’s well worth going back over so here it is:
Another player to shine in the MOTM poll from yesterday’s game was Tommy Conroy, whose latest sparkling performance has now put him in pole position to win the Young Footballer of the Year award. Tommy, who bagged four points at Croke Park yesterday, finished second in the poll with 18%.
David Clarke, who saved our bacon a number of times yesterday, comes next with 13% while Conor Loftus and Aidan O’Shea each garnered 6% of the vote.
Well done to them and to all of the lads who played a part in securing the county’s place in the All-Ireland final in two weeks time.