Tuesday 25 September 2018

Westmeath player ratings

Ger Egan in action against Jack McCaffery
Ger Egan in action against Jack McCaffery

Westmeath lost the Leinster final but how did their players rate?

DARREN QUINN: No chance with either goal but will, crucially, he lost the kickouts in the preamble to both - not his only restart issue.  Rating  6

KEVIN MAGUIRE: Even through Bernard Brogan tallied 1-1, his hounding shadow emerges in credit. Rating 7

FRANCIS BOYLE: Did reasonably well on recall, even venturing forward for a second half point, but struggled with injury late on. Rating 6

KILLIAN DALY: After his semi-final travails, a better final from the young rookie, keeping Dean Rock scoreless from play. Rating 6

DAVID LYNCH: Parachuted in as part of the 13-man blanket, he went too short with one skied point attempt. Replaced at the break. Rating 5

PAUL SHARRY: Westmeath's top performer, and possibly his finest 70 minutes in maroon. He kept showing and generally made good decisions in tight corners. Rating 8

JAMES DOLAN: Tackled with disciplined aggression and also bombed forward with intent on several occasions. Rating 7

PADDY HOLLOWAY: Switched to midfield, he battled manfully in exalted company before departing on 53 minutes. Rating 6

DENIS CORROON: Ranks among Westmeath's top-three performers, he won his share of kickouts and handled plenty of ball. Rating 7

GER EGAN: Sadly, the same cannot be said for Westmeath's skipper who was maybe trying too hard. Took wrong options and slashed two poor wides. Rating 5

RAY CONNELLAN: The youngster impressed en route to final but came up short here. Replaced on 52 minutes. Rating 5

JOHN GILLIGAN: Stepped up his Meath performance, his first half turnover at one end eventually led to a Kieran Martin point and later set up another for Boyle. Rating 6

KIERAN MARTIN: Less explosive than the last day, but carried the fight with two typically dynamic points as he veered between auxiliary back and more orthodox attacker. Rating 7

SHANE DEMPSEY: Showed well as the sole target man, he dropped one effort short but drew a foul off Jonny Cooper for a Heslin free. Half-time exit a tad harsh. Rating 6

JOHN HESLIN: Not his finest hour, though he went into the final with a heel injury. Hit 0-3 (0-1 from play) but also dropped four attempts into Stephen Cluxton. Rating 6


KIERAN GAVIN: Caught a couple of balls on his introduction but otherwise no major impact. Rating 6

PAUL GREVILLE: Struggled to make the second half impact his manager would have craved. Rating 5

CALLUM McCORMACK: Back from one injury and then picked up another, lasting just 12 minutes. Rating 5

DENNIS GLENNON: Struggled to overturn a lost cause, one of his three shots was half-blocked, the other two veered wide. Rating 5

JOHN EGAN: Little chance.


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