Right, it’s time to pull the shutters down on our final Man of the Match poll of 2019. At half-time in yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin we had strong performers all over the field but, by the time the final whistle had sounded, all of the principal characters in this particular drama were wearing blue jerseys.
One man who stood tall for us throughout – as he’s done all year – was Paddy Durcan. Detailed to mark Jack McCaffrey (or was that the other way around?) Paddy completely eclipsed his opposite number and plundered two points from play into the bargain.
Is he our most important player right now? He’s certainly one of them. He’s also – for the second week running – the winner of this week’s Man of the Match poll, claiming 28% of all votes cast. Well done to Paddy and, indeed, to all the lads who battled so hard on a tough day for us at Croke Park yesterday.