On a number of occasions in last night’s game, we reverted to our bad old home venue ways by getting the ball up too slowly to their ’45 and then proceeding to pass it over and back with little attacking purpose.
More that once, however, team captain Paddy Durcan took the fight to Dublin with fast-paced direct runs, punching holes in their defence and sending them back-pedalling. These thrusts were a prominent feature in the second half comeback that eventually led to our one-point win.
Paddy was named as Man of the Match by RTÉ after the game. You’ve also now voted him as our MOTM from the game here on the blog, with 29% support in the poll that has just now closed.
Others to feature prominently in the poll were Jack Carney (19%), Ryan O’Donoghue (17%) and Fergal Boland (12%), all three of whom were central to the win. Jack grew into the game really well in the second half and claimed a crucial high ball from a late restart, while Ryan made and Fergal converted the late, late chance that won us the game.
Well done to all of them and in particular to Paddy Durcan, our MOTM from yesterday’s game.