It’s always with a degree of sheepishness that, on those occasions (which, thankfully, are infrequent enough) when we take a bit of a mauling, my attention turns to doing the post on our Man of the Match for the offending game.
But, as I usually tend to flag up front at such times, the purpose of this exercise is to salute Mayo players whose performance stands out in games. When this happens in times of adversity it’s arguably all the more worthy to acknowledge the fact.
The game’s overall Man of the Match was, of course, Monaghan’s Conor McCarthy. The livewire centre-forward bagged 1-3 from play and was a constant thorn in our side all afternoon, showing in the process that the Farneymen don’t always have to depend on Conor McManus for the bulk of their scores.
But back to us. This poll was a close one, with the top six vote-getters reasonably well bunched together. Newly-appointed captain for the year, Aidan O’Shea, held off Padraig O’Hora by just a single vote to snatch second spot in the poll but out front, as he frequently was at Clones yesterday when the ball was being pumped in towards McManus, was our stylish full-back Oisín Mullin.
The young Kilmaine man has slotted into the first fifteen with a degree of effortless that belies his tender years. Without doubt, he’s a huge talent in the making and, in difficult circumstances at St Tiernach’s Park yesterday, he provided further proof of this. With 19% of the vote, Oisín is a deserved winner of this week’s Man of the Match poll. Well done to him.