The votes are in and counted and once again the player who has headed the poll in our latest Man of the Match poll is Ryan O’Donoghue. That makes it three games in a row that you’ve voted him as our MOTM and that kind of three-in-a-row is something that’s certainly never happened here before.
Those who were at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada yesterday will need no convincing about the Belmullet man’s brilliance against Kildare. Ryan was little short of sensational yesterday – playing in a more withdrawn role so acting as creator as well as finisher, he set up so many good chances, including three opportunities for goals. None of these were converted but the one chance that Ryan made for himself ended in the back of the net.
What was noteworthy about his performance yesterday was the almost telepathic understanding he had with Jason Doherty. Most of Doc’s points came from assists fired in by Ryan and the ball he fed in was of the highest quality which Jason was able to finish with ease. It’s going to be really interesting to see how this combination develops over the coming weeks.
Ryan topped the MOTM poll with 29% of the vote, followed by his strike partner Jason on 18%. The excellent Jordan Flynn – who has enjoyed a great League campaign – also polled 18%, while Jack Carney (8%) and Padraig O’Hora (5%) were also prominent in the vote.
Well done to them all and here’s hoping we’ll see plenty more strong performances in the final against Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday.