The votes are in and counted for the first MOTM poll of 2023 here on the blog. The outcome is a fairly decisive one too: by a large enough margin you’ve voted Ryan O’Donoghue as our MOTM from last night’s derby draw with Galway.
Ryan was back to his brilliant best at MacHale Park last night and I thought it was instructive to hear what he had to say when Rob spoke with him after the game for the Final Whistle show on the Mayo Football Podcast. Alluding to the months he spent out injured with groin problems last year, Ryan said he now treasures every match and every training session he’s involved with, in the knowledge that injury could at any time cut him down again.
I think it’s fair to conclude that he’ll hold last night’s game close to his heart. Particularly the late, late show he conjured up deep in stoppage time to send the home support away in a happy mood:
Ryan O'Donoghue equalises for Mayo deep into injury time with a brilliant point. pic.twitter.com/MKElvkfgjB— The GAA (@officialgaa) January 28, 2023
Ryan wins the MOTM poll with 29% of the total vote. Others to feature prominently in the voting were Matthew Ruane (16%), Jordan Flynn (14%), Bob Tuohy (what a debut he had) and Enda Hession (both on 7%).
Congrats to them and, indeed, to all of the lads who battled so hard to make sure we got some tangible reward for our efforts last night.