Right, there’s no need to drag this one out any longer: by a large margin (some 54% of all votes cast) David Clarke is officially our Man of the Match from last night’s National Football League win over Roscommon. The big Ballina netminder was also chosen last night as MOTM by live broadcaster Eir Sport.
Although our scoring exploits were eye-catching at MacHale Park last night – with 17 points coming from play, twelve different players getting on the scoresheet – so too was David’s vigilant custodianship at the back. On no fewer than four occasions in last night’s match he prevented the conversion of a clear goal-scoring chance, proving in the process that he remains the best shot-stopper in the business.
This is David’s second MOTM award in three League outings for us so far this year. While much of his prominence may perhaps be put down to the often leaky rearguard minding the house in front of him, his excellence in preventing marauding forwards from capitalising on over-generous defending is down to him alone. Congrats, David, on another excellent showing last night.
Others who featured prominently in the MOTM poll on last night’s game were Fergal Boland, Cillian O’Connor, Jason Gibbons and Diarmuid O’Connor, all of whom put in strong performances last night. Well done to all of them.
Here are the details of the votes garnered by the leading contenders in this week’s poll: