When we last won the National League, back in 2019, our victory that day was due in no small part to a heroic display by goalkeeper Rob Hennelly. Yesterday at Croke Park our current netminder Colm Reape put in an even more outstanding performance, with his five goal-stopping saves being in large part the difference between defeat and victory for us.
There was never any question about who our Man of the Match was in yesterday’s National League final. Your votes have emphatically confirmed this, with Colm Reape coming out on top of the poll with a resounding 36% support.
Colm was also named MOTM by TG4 yesterday – I snapped the photo above as he was being interviewed just prior to getting his award – and he’s on the GAA’s Team of the Week.
In addition, he’s been shortlisted for the GAA’s Footballer of the Week award and I’d be really surprised if he doesn’t now follow in the footsteps of Jordan Flynn, Jack Carney and Aidan O’Shea by pulling off that notable GAA double and becoming the fourth Mayo player this year to win the MOTM poll here on the blog and also to win the Footballer of the Week vote. (Diarmuid O’Connor won the latter after the Tyrone game but Enda Hession pipped him to the former).
We had strong performers in every department yesterday, in what, on a second viewing last night, looked like a controlled and quietly assured display by the lads. It was far from a perfect one, though, as those goal chances confirmed, but thankfully the Knockmore man was more than capable of dealing with them.
Others who featured strongly in the poll were Paddy Durcan (13% of the vote), Jack Coyne (12%), Diarmuid O’Connor (9%), Aidan O’Shea (8%) and Sam Callinan (7%). Well done to them all and well done in particular to Colm Reape, our Man of the Match from yesterday’s big game at Croke Park.