Only five of the players who lined out for us against Monaghan yesterday also did so in the previous match up in Donegal. One of this quintet – Sam Callinan – has been putting in solid performances ever since he first appeared in this League campaign, when he came on as a sub against Tyrone. Yesterday was his best performance of the year so far and you’ve voted him our MOTM from the game.
The Ballina Stephenites club player is only 19 years old but he made his debut for Mayo over a year ago, having been given his first Senior start by James Horan against Armagh in late February 2022. In Enda Hession’s absence, Sam has lined out in the last three matches this year, where he’s looked fully at home in the heart of the defence.
One of Sam’s key attributes is his ability to dispossess attacking players, tracking them diligently before pouncing at the right moment to pull off a perfectly timed turnover. In yesterday’s game, he pursued Stephen O’Hanlon (see above) until the Monaghan player was about to shoot for goal but then found himself without the ball, as Sam had just relieved him of it.
Sam wins the MOTM award with 20% support in the vote. Close behind him in second spot, with 17% of the vote, was Bob Tuohy, another young gun to impress this year and who shot two points from play yesterday. Others who who featured prominently in the poll were Paul Towey (11%), as well as Michael Plunkett and Jordan Flynn, (both 9%).
Well done to all of them but especially to Sam Callinan, our MOTM from yesterday’s game.