Okay, the votes are in and counted in the first Mayo GAA Blog Man of the Match poll of 2017. This was an easy one to declare: by a very wide margin the winner of the award for the best Mayo player in last night’s League opener against Monaghan is goalkeeper David Clarke.
Shot-stopper supreme, the current All-Star no.1 prevented two clearcut goal-scoring opportunities created by the visitors and a fair few more not so clearcut ones in last night’s match at MacHale Park. While his restart performance wasn’t as stellar as Rory Beggan’s was for Monaghan he did okay there too. Overall, it was a hugely commanding display by the Ballina netminder.
As the above image confirms, David wins the MOTM award with 68% of all votes cast. Next came League debutant Donie Newcombe who put in a storming shift at corner-back, a performance reflected in the 10% share of the vote he attracted in the poll. Cillian O’Connor came next on 8%, followed by the night’s second League debutant Fergal Boland who polled 4%. Congrats to all of them.
With the action back again this year, it’s time to start thinking about supporting the lads via the Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto. The jackpot in tomorrow night’s draw is €12,400 and you can play the Lotto here.