As we approach the shortest day of the year, the results are in on our final Man of the Match poll of 2020.
Playing in your first All-Ireland final must, I’m sure, be a daunting experience for any player, especially for someone who was still eligible to line out at U20 this year.
If Oisín Mullin had any such worries ahead of yesterday evening, he certainly didn’t show it out on the pitch at Croke Park. Detailed to marshall dangerman Con O’Callaghan, Oisín was prominent in both defence and attack, in the latter driving us forward repeatedly with a series of surging runs.
It was a performance that almost certainly will see the Kilmaine club man crowned as the Young Footballer of the Year for 2020. He’s also in with a very strong shout for an All-Star award in the full-back line, where last night he was picked on The Sunday Game team of the year. He’s also, with 29% of the vote, our Man of the Match from the All-Ireland final.
Others to feature prominently in the poll were Lee Keegan (18%), Cillian O’Connor (14%), Ryan O’Donoghue (11%) and Diarmuid O’Connor (7%), all of whom battled bravely for us yesterday evening. Special mention has to go to Ryan, also playing in his first final, who performed really well, in particular in the first half.
Well done to them and to all the lads who gave us so many memorable moments these last number of weeks. They certainly helped to brighten the mood in these difficult times, as well as providing us with plenty of hope for the future.