Last night’s win over Kerry was in very much a team effort, with every player putting his shoulder to the wheel in a hardworking display that got its reward in the two-point win the lads came away with.
We had several strong performers on the night, chief among them Aidan O’Shea. Lining out at midfield for the first time in ages – although he always operates around the middle, it’s been a long time since he wore a midfielder’s jersey – Aidan put in a barnstorming display. One minute he was back in our half turning over ball, the next he was barrelling forward taking the fight to Kerry’s startled young defenders.
It was a cracking performance, one that sees him deservedly voted Man of the Match, with 40% of all votes cast. Aidan was also chosen as MOTM by RTÉ last night and he showed great generosity of spirit by dedicating the award to the late Tom Freeman, father of Alan who sadly passed away inside the last week.
Alongside Aidan in midfield last night, his Breaffy clubmate Mattie Ruane put in a huge performance, capped by that great, match-winning goal late on. He comes second in the poll, garnering 30% of votes cast. Kevin McLoughlin, whose defence-splitting pass opened the door for Mattie to bag the goal, comes next on 11%.
Well done to them and to all the lads who worked so hard to seal the deal for us last night in Tralee.