The votes are in and counted in our final Man of the Match poll for 2016 and, by a wide margin, our top performer in yesterday’s pulsating All-Ireland final replay was, by popular acclaim, Paddy Durcan.
The dashing Castlebar Mitchels wing-back secured 41% of the vote for what was, by any measure, a cracking performance at Croke Park yesterday evening. Combining tenacious defending and aggressive attacking, Paddy kept popping up in yesterday’s contest, capping his display with a monstrous second half point.
Others to feature strongly in this poll were Kevin McLoughlin on 13% and Seamus O’Shea on 11%. Robbie Hennelly featured too, also on 11%, but clearly there was a strong sympathy vote element there.
Well done to Paddy, who last night was named on the team of the year by The Sunday Game – in what was an all-Mayo half-back line – and who must now be in with a strong shout for an All-Star later this month. And well done too to all the other lads who gave absolutely everything in yesterday evening’s replay.