I think it’s safe enough to conclude the poll on this one: ever since voting opened last week it was clear where the result was headed. So, over a thousand votes later it’s time to confirm that we have a result in the 2016 Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year poll and the winner by a decisive margin is Lee Keegan.
Lee polled a whopping 58% of all votes cast, with Brendan Harrison next on 18%, Andy Moran and Paddy Durcan both on 10%, with Cillian O’Connor on 4%. A total of 1,097 votes were cast in the poll.
Congrats to Lee on the award, which comes a few weeks before what is all but guaranteed to be a fourth All-Star award for him. He’s also – for the second time in his inter-county career – on the three-man shortlist for the Footballer of the Year award. With few exceptions, however, that one usually goes to the All-Ireland champions and so Brian Fenton’s name would appear to be firmly on that gong on this occasion. This is irrespective of the fact that Fenton’s contribution in the replay was, at best, marginal.
Lee’s unjustified black card in the replay, and the disgraceful targeting of him in the run-up to the game by that bunch of superannuated ex-Dublin players, will continue to fester in our minds over the winter. That match, though, also contained the stand-out moment of the year for the Westport man, one that’s worth savouring during the long, cold nights that lie ahead. Here it is:
There will, I’m sure, be more magic moments to look forward to in 2017 from the finest footballer in Ireland at the present time. Style on you, Leeroy.