When the team for yesterday’s Connacht SFC quarter-final against Leitrim was announced on Friday, most of the focus – understandably – centred on the significant injection of youth into the starting fifteen. In tough playing conditions on an extremely heavy playing surface at Carrick-on-Shannon, however, it was the impact of the more experienced players that proved key to the eleven-point victory we came away with.
Particularly noteworthy in this respect was Cillian O’Connor who put in a real barnstorming performance for us in the full-forward line. The Ballintubber man weighed in with 1-9 on the scoreboard, a personal tally that exceeded Leitrim’s total for the game, and he was involved in the action all over the pitch from first ’till last. There was hardly any point in holding a poll on this one at all but, for the record, with a whopping 47% of the vote, Cillian O’Connor is our Man of the Match from yesterday’s game. Congrats to him.
The all-time top scorer in the football Championship could be in line for another accolade too as he’s in the running for the GAA’s Footballer of the Week award as well. If you want to vote for Cillian for that gong, you can do so on Instagram – details on that here.
Others to feature prominently in the poll on yesterday’s game were Oisín Mullin, a young gun who has become so integral to the team so quickly and who garnered 14% of the votes, Paddy Durcan (9%), Tommy Conroy and Aidan O’Shea (both 8%). Well done to all of them.