TG4 had already selected Donegal’s Michael Langan as their Man of the Match before the final whistle sounded at Markievicz Park yesterday. While the St Michael’s clubman put in a major shift for the O’Donnell County – banging over four superb points from play – we had our own candidate for that honour coming up the rails in those final frantic seconds of the contest.
Rob Hennelly had already kept us in the game with three crucial saves, one from a second half penalty, but his final act was even more dramatic. The free kick facing him deep into stoppage time was a tough one, well out on the left wing and at least forty yards from the posts with a howling wind swirling round the ground. Rob struck the kick off the ground, the contact was perfect and the trajectory was too. Here, look at it for yourselves:
Without Robbie’s input for us at both ends of the field, we’d obviously have come away from yesterday’s opening round National League match empty-handed. It comes as no surprise, then, that he’s been voted by you as our Man of the Match from yesterday’s game. The Breaffy clubman was also included in this week’s GAA Team of the Week and, along with Armagh’s Rian O’Neill and Roscommon’s Enda Smith, he’s been shortlisted for the GAA’s Player of the Week award.
Others to feature prominently in the MOTM poll on yesterday’s game were Jason Doherty, who capped a hugely uplifting comeback from serious injury with three points from play at Markievicz Park, Paddy Durcan, who was also included in the GAA’s Team of the Week, Tommy Conroy, Ryan O’Donoghue and Aidan O’Shea.
Congrats to Robbie and all of the rest of the lads who stood tall for us yesterday.