For the second successive weekend, Mayo lost out narrowly to opponents they may well encounter later this year in the Championship. Both losses were frustrating but they had something else in common too, as both of them saw sparkling performances from Ryan O’Donoghue.
Down in Tralee last weekend, the Belmullet clubman was without doubt our standout player. Last night up in Omagh he wasn’t quite as prominent and, in the early voting in the MOTM poll, it was Matthew Ruane – who had an excellent outing in Healy Park – who led the way.
When the polls closed, however, it was Ryan who was once again out in front, having secured 26% of the vote, just ahead of Mattie on 25%. Jordan Flynn – another strong performer for us against Tyrone – came next on 15%, followed by Aidan O’Shea (9%), Lee Keegan (7%) and David McBrien (5%).
Well done to all of them and, in particular, to Ryan who continues to do the business for us in the forward line this year.