In the absence of the all-time top scorer in the Championship from our ranks this summer, it has fallen to the younger players to fill the void. Cillian is, of course, irreplaceable and so playing without him means we have to do things differently, with our two Championship games to date – admittedly against very modest opposition – seeing a wide spread of scorers.
While a number of the young guns have taken on added responsibility in these games, arguably no-one has done so more than Ryan O’Donoghue. He has assumed Cillian’s freetaking duties but so too has he adopted the same kind of workrate the Ballintubber man always showed – tackling hard, moving constantly, forever looking to create openings for others and scoring freely himself.
In yesterday’s game he popped up all over the place in attack. As well as three pointed frees he also contributed 1-3 from play in what was an eye-catching performance. He was RTÉ’s choice as Man of the Match and the GAA have shortlisted him as Footballer of the Week as well as including him on their Team of the Week.
With 25% of all votes cast, you’ve also chosen him as our MOTM from yesterday’s game. Tommy Conroy polled next highest on 18%, followed by Darren McHale (11%) and Padraig O’Hora (10%). All four are relative newcomers to the team but they were all central to yesterday’s big win.
Well done to them all and in particular to Ryan for what was a storming MOTM performance in yesterday’s game.