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The polls conducted here since the start of this year for our Man of the Match in the various NFL and championship games we’ve played have all, without exception, provided pretty clear-cut results. This latest one, however, has – like yesterday’s epic All-Ireland semi-final draw with Kerry – proved to be a real rip-roaring contest, one in which the tigerish half-back hero Colm Boyle has eventually come out on top.
Boyler garnered 32% of the popular vote, placing him a short head in front of Aidan O’Shea, whose colossal display yesterday not only had Joe Brolly gushing like a lovesick schoolgirl in the post-match analysis but also earned him 30% of the vote. Cillian O’Connor, captain for the day and marquee man in the forwards, came in third with 19% while Alan Dillon, who enjoyed another strong outing at HQ yesterday, also attracted support, earning 6% of the vote.
In truth, we had heroes all over the pitch – both on the starting fifteen and among the replacements – on what was a day to remember for the county. Well done to the lot of them and, in particular, to the quartet named above for their standout displays in the heat of battle yesterday.