Any Mayo supporter leaving St Tiernach’s Park following Mayo’s two-point win over Monaghan wouldn’t have had to be asked twice about who performed best on the team yesterday. That player was Ryan O’Donoghue.
It wasn’t just the 1-6 tally he racked up (1-1 of it from play), though that contribution was, of course, key to his team’s success. Dependable from placed balls, the little shimmy he did before pulling the trigger for his early first half goal was a moment of magic and he was slightly unfortunate to have a second goal ruled out after the break for an infringement in the lead-up.
More than anything, Ryan was a leader for us in Clones yesterday. Always showing for the ball, so often successful in winning his own ball and then, once in possession, forever looking for the best option for what to do next. It’s no exaggeration to state that the Belmullet clubman is now one of Mayo’s most important players and he certainly was that against Monaghan yesterday.
Ryan deservedly wins the MOTM vote, heading the poll with 32% support. As the leaderboard below shows, others to feature strongly in the poll were the much-improved Diarmuid O’Connor (14%), the highly dependable Rob Hennelly (11%) and goal-getter Jason Doherty (10%). Well done to all of them.