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The votes on the final Man of the Match poll of our 2017 League campaign are in and counted. There’s no doubt about the winner either – it’s Aidan O’Shea.
The big Breaffy man hasn’t started a match for us all year and there was only 25 minutes left to play at MacHale Park yesterday when he came off the bench to replace Danny Kirby. But what an impact he made.
Up until then, yesterday’s game was only going the one way. Michael Murphy was conducting operations for the visitors, who held a four-point lead and looked comfortably in control. Aidan’s introduction changed all that. Suddenly, Murphy was no longer running the show, as Aidan’s presence in the middle third provided us with the platform for greater urgency in attack.
The melee that broke out right under the stand was the real turning part in the contest. Aidan took a few clear punches to the head but once things calmed down it soon became obvious that we now had the upper hand in the contest. When Doherty walked for the kick in the nuts he gave Aidan soon afterwards, our dominance in the match became all but total.
It’s clear, then, that Aidan’s input was integral to yesterday’s win. He’s a very worthy winner of the MOTM award, with the others who featured prominently in the vote detailed below. Well done to all of them in helping to get us over the line yesterday.