Wednesday 26 October 2016

Dublin player ratings

Diarmuid Connolly
Diarmuid Connolly

Who shined for the Dubs in the Leinster final?

STEPHEN CLUXTON: Not a save to make. Eleven kickouts - eleven Dublin possessions. Also, eleven Leinster medals. Rating 7

JONNY COOPER: Booked for a tangle with John Heslin he didn't need to be involved in. Subbed at half-time. Rating 6

RORY O'CARROLL: Plenty of rough. Lots tumble. Kept Shane Dempsey scoreless. Rating 7

PHILLY McMAHON: Arguably Dublin's most under-rated footballer Hadn't much defending to do so sallied up the pitch instead. Kicked one, dropped one short. Rating 7

JAMES McCARTHY: Couldn't quite find the room to slalom through the thicket of Westmeath bodies inhabiting their own '65' but scored a point and kept trying to breach. Rating 7

CIAN O'SULLIVAN: Another strong performance at six. Allowed Kieran Martin inside him for a point but guarded the channel well and showed for plenty of ball. Rating 8

JACK McCAFFREY: Brilliant finish for his opportunist goal, scored at a stage when Dublin had pushed so high as to make McCaffrey an auxiliary wing-forward. Tackling and covering exceptional also. Rating 8

BRIAN FENTON: Did little more than link the play but a necessary and effective cog in the machine. Rating 6

MICHAEL DARRAGH MACAULEY: Scored one brilliant 'show-and-go' point but wasted tonnes of ball and ran into darkened alleys. Rating 6

PAUL FLYNN: Hard to remember as muted a performance from Dublin's number 10. Game as ever but kicked three wides and routinely missed with his kick passes. Rating 5

DIARMUID CONNOLLY: Three brilliant points but the highlight was a raking, cross-field 60-metre ball with his left to pick out Ciarán Kilkenny in the second-half. Rating 8

CIARAN KILKENNY: Scored three but missed three, too. Shot selection not always wise. Rating 7

DEAN ROCK: Maybe looking nervously over his shoulder. Kicked two frees but his replacement, after colliding with a post, may have come anyway. Rating 7

KEVIN McMANAMON: Threatened to bust free but in that sort of traffic, his hard line running is largely cut off at source. Rating 6

BERNARD BROGAN: Not at the levels of his two most previous performances but got the goal he craved and won a couple of ridiculous balls. Rating 7


MICHAEL FITZSIMONS: Filled in seamlessly for the foul-troubled Cooper Rating 6

PADDY ANDREWS: Never quite hit his stride. Rating 6

DENIS BASTICK: Needlessly booked but typically enthusiastic. Rating 7

ALAN BROGAN: Scored a point and the most likely of the bench to make the step up in three weeks. Rating 7

JOHN SMALL: Little to do minding an impregnable fort. Rating 6

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