Wednesday 26 October 2016

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STEPHEN CLUXTON: Not a save to make. Some typically pinpoint restarts mixed with a first half run where he lost five out of six. Rating 7

PHILLY McMAHON: Keeps improving, year on year. Fulfilled his primary duties well while bombing forward to set up goal and score a point. Rating 8

RORY O'CARROLL: Not his most taxing day, he kept Alan Smith on a relatively tight leash. Rating 7

JONNY COOPER: Showed his defensive alertness with early rob on Padraig Fogarty as possible goal chance beckoned. Rating 8

JOHN SMALL: Cathal McNally scored 0-1 and went close to a goal but Small shaded their duel, until a shoulder injury ended his day. Rating 7.

CIAN O'SULLIVAN: Started at centre-back instead of midfield, he grew into the contest and looked assured in a sweeping role. Rating 8

JACK McCAFFREY: Explosive run past three Kildare men, to set up second goal, encapsulated a dynamic display. Rating 9

BRIAN FENTON: Doesn't look remotely fazed on the senior stage. Showed well for kickouts and kept it simple. Rating 7

MICHAEL DARRAGH MACAULEY: Not named but now back in the team, he never stopped working at either end of the pitch. Rating 7

PAUL FLYNN: Popped up as an extra defensive body, proof of his phenomenal work ethic. For once, though, failed to score. Rating 7

KEVIN McMANAMON: Started on the '40' but often drifted inside. Didn't score but never stopped showing, and set up a goal chance for Bernard Brogan. Rating 7

CIARAN KILKENNY: Was in 'Man of the Match' terrain at half-time, having clipped 0-4 from play while releasing Diarmuid Connolly for his goal. Rating 8

DEAN ROCK: Showed poacher's instinct for the first goal, won a penalty for the fourth, and nailed all four of his frees. Rating 7

DIARMUID CONNOLLY: Makes football look ridiculously easy at times, epitomised by his first point and first goal. Worked like a dervish too. Rating 9

BERNARD BROGAN: Two games running, he has looked sharp as a pin. Pushed Connolly close for Man of the Match. Rating 9


JAMES McCARTHY: Was moving well after his recent injury. Ambitious goal attempt was saved. Rating 7

ALAN BROGAN: This guy won't settle until he has a starting jersey back. Three points from play, one wide, and a sublime pass to his brother in lead-up to penalty. Rating 8

MICHAEL FITZSIMONS: Had little to do. Not his fault! Rating 6

PADDY ANDREWS: Hit a wide but compensated with selfless assist for final goal. Rating 7



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