Okay, I’ve just closed the voting on our second Man of the Match poll of the year. It’s another poll that seeks to identify standout performers for us in a match we lost, though the manner of last night’s defeat to Dublin was far more uplifting compared to last weekend’s trouncing down in Cork.
We had a number of strong performers last night and 38% of you felt that chief amongst these was Diarmuid O’Connor, who put in a hugely hard-working shift for us, capped by two well-taken points. It was a performance that fully deserved the MOTM award he wins.
Ger Cafferkey came second in the poll on 28%, thanks to a superb night’s work at full-back where he marshalled the small square to great effect and never let Paddy Andrews into the game. Colm Boyle, who put in a typically battling performance at centre-back (which included so much battling that he eventually ended picking up a second yellow), came next on 11%, while Shane Nally – who did really well in the sweeper role – attracted 5% of the vote. Well done to all of them.
By the way, I decided to hold off on the match reports till tomorrow, as today – involving as it did a very early departure from the west – was full enough as it was. Back with the usual post-match round-up in the morning.