The votes are in and counted in our final Man of the Match poll for this year’s National Football League campaign. For the second weekend in a row, the award goes to Evan Regan and this time he wins it in style, taking 76% of the vote.
I don’t recall anyone coming remotely close to a vote like this in any previous MOTM poll but I guess Evan’s nine-point haul at MacHale Park yesterday – without which we’d undoubtedly be contemplating life in Division Two right now – goes a long way towards explaining why the popular vote went like it did on this occasion. Next in the poll – on 3% – came Evan’s Ballina Stephenites clubmate David Clarke (who had a fine match between the sticks yesterday), along with Tom Parsons and Alan Freeman. After that there were a clutch of players on 2%.
Well done to Evan for his performance yesterday and also for the way that he’s taken his chance with both hands over the spring campaign. It must have been a real sickener for him to lose most of last year to injury so it’s doubly uplifting to see him establish himself so firmly in the reckoning as this year’s championship starts to come into focus for us.