It doesn’t seem all that long ago since Conor Mortimer toppled the late Joe Corcoran’s long-standing record as Mayo’s all-time highest scorer. In truth, it is – that was back in March 2012 – and, in the meantime, another sharpshooter has been racking up the scores for us. This one – Cillian O’Connor – is now on the cusp of setting a mark that’s going to be very hard to beat.
Edwin McGreal of the Mayo News has all of the relevant facts on this story – here. In short, three points from Cillian against Tyrone tomorrow will see him pull level with Mort and four or more will see him draw ahead.
As the stats rolled out by Ed shows in that piece, Cillian’s scoring record for the county to date is little short of phenomenal. He’s played 78 matches for the county and so, if he tops the record tomorrow, he’ll have smashed the all-time record having played twenty fewer matches than Conor. And he’s still only 25 years of age.
One bit of information, by the way, that Ed doesn’t touch on in his piece is where Cillian stands in the all-time scoring record in the championship. Here (stats from Wikipedia, so apply whatever health warnings you want to them, though generally I find this to be an accurate source) Cillian is second, behind the now retired Colm Cooper, and closing in rapidly on top spot in this table too.
A good run for us in the championship this year could well see Cillian become the all-time top scorer in the championship before the year is out. With his peak years still most likely ahead of him. As others have already said, we oftentimes don’t realise how good we have it in terms of the talent that’s in our ranks right now.