Last night’s defeat to Dublin was a bad one from our perspective but one thing’s for sure – it would have been a whole load worse but for the stellar performance between the sticks of goalkeeper Robbie Hennelly.
Robbie prevented at least six clear goalscoring chances over the course of the match, four in the first half as Dublin repeatedly cut through our backline. Without his heroics, what was already a bad beating would have been a thumping of embarrassing proportions.
The Breaffy man’s contribution wasn’t solely in defence either. He was also our joint top scorer on the night, landing two points from placed balls, one from a 60-yard free and the other a ’45. It’s little wonder, then, that Robbie has walked away with this week’s Man of the Match poll, hoovering up 73% of the vote.
What was also uplifting about Robbie’s great display last night was that the game marked his first appearance for us at Croke Park since the ill-fated All-Ireland replay of 2016. So, on what was otherwise a very disappointing night for us, Robbie’s performance was a real positive, both for the team and for him personally. Well done to him.
Well done too to young guns Fionn McDonagh and Matthew Ruane, who both performed well in difficult circumstances last night. Their uplifting displays are also reflected in the poll, with Fionn picking up 9% of the vote while Mattie got 5%.
Apologies, by the way – I set the poll up incorrectly this time around and, by mistake, didn’t offer the option of voting for our top three performers (even though the headline says to do this). Between that and the post-match audio report that never was, it wasn’t my best performance last night either.