The votes are in and counted on the Man of the Match poll for the Roscommon game. It’s a decisive result too, with dynamic centre-forward Jack Carney claiming the award with 27% of the vote.
Yesterday’s game was the third in a row in which the Kilmeena man was prominent for us. He has the look of a player who’s enjoying his football right now and he’s taken to the middle-third berth he’s been entrusted with like the proverbial duck to water.
Jack does way more than score but end product is something he’s always focused on. The point he got in the second half was a belter but he’ll rarely score an easier goal at inter-county level. Fair play to him for his alertness when the Rossies’ handpassing went awry, the rest was simply rolling the ball into the unattended net.
Jack was selected as MOTM by TG4 yesterday and he’s also the county’s sole representative on this week’s GAA Team of the Week. He has also – like Diarmuid O’Connor was last weekend and Jordan Flynn the weekend before – been shortlisted for the GAA Player of the Week, voting for which is still ongoing.
Speaking of Diarmuid, he was another player who was excellent for us at Hyde Park. Like Jack, he’s been in flying form so far this year – all the world like the Diarmuid of old – and, but for his late, late block on Ben O’Carroll’s last-gasp goal attempt, we could be dealing with a very different narrative today. Diarmuid came second in the MOTM poll with 17% of the vote.
He was followed by his older brother, Cillian claiming 13% of the vote and also claiming seven points in the game. The pick of these – his only one from play – was a sumptuous outside-of-the-boot effort from out on the right wing.
Others to feature prominently in the poll were Matthew Ruane, who bagged the insurance point in fine style yesterday and who enjoyed 7% support in the poll. That was the same level of support James Carr got, following a performance which saw him scoring three excellent points and who worked hard throughout, hassling and harrying out the field. Sam Callinan – the king of the turnover – put in a real dashing display in the heart of the defence. He got 6% of the vote.
Well done to all of them but especially to Jack Carney, our MOTM from yesterday’s game. Here’s the full leaderboard of the vote for this one.