Right, this one was always going to be an open-and-shut case. Lee Keegan’s standout performance at Croke Park yesterday means that, by a proverbial country mile, he’s been voted our Man of the Match for the game against Roscommon.
Lee’s dominant display yesterday was the epitome of a player at the top of his game, a performance that underscored emphatically his position as current Footballer of the Year. The mark of a truly great player is to produce the business on the big day, when the chips are down and the team is dependant on you. Lee ticked those boxes in no uncertain terms against Roscommon yesterday.
His performance while playing in midfield in the first half yesterday also raised a few intriguing questions about where he might be stationed to best effect in the replay. Linked to this is the wider question of how we might – and I really think we should – reboot our forces for the next day, to ensure a decisive uplift in performance levels.
Lee’s barnstorming first half display would suggest strongly that he could provide much more to the party when given a more offensive role in the team. One for Stephen Rochford and his selectors to ponder, for sure.
Back to the MOTM poll, though, where aside from Lee and his 76% of the popular vote, others who featured strongly were Keith Higgins (7%), Colm Boyle (4%), Paddy Durcan and Jason Doherty (both 2%). Well done to them all.