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Thursday 14 December 2017

Kerry Ratings

The Kerry team celebrate with the Sam Maguire Cup after victory over Donegal, All Ireland Football Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 21/9/2014
The Kerry team celebrate with the Sam Maguire Cup after victory over Donegal, All Ireland Football Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 21/9/2014
The Kerry team celebrate with the Sam Maguire Cup after victory over Donegal, All Ireland Football Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 21/9/2014
Kerry's Declan O'Sullivan with his son, Ollie in the Sam Maguire Cup after victory over Donegal, All Ireland Football Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 21/9/2014
Kerry joint captains, Fionn Fitzgerald, left, and Kieran O'Leary lift the Sam Maguire Cup after victory over Donegal, All Ireland Football Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 21/9/2014

BRIAN KELLY: Deflected late shot from Paddy McBrearty. Plenty of smart kick-outs, bar one which went over the sideline. RATING - 6

FIONN FITZGERALD: Almost allowed Darroch O'Connor in for a goal and later subbed for Shane Enright in a pre-meditated move as soon as Paddy McBrearty arrived. RATING - 6

AIDAN O'MAHONY: Performed as effective a man marking job on Michael Murphy as have been executed all year. Screened his runs, engaged physically.RATING - 8

MARC Ó SÉ: Fully justified his re-inclusion. Beat Colm McFadden to almost every ball, slaloming out with typical assurance. RATING - 8

PAUL MURPHY: Took up the task of marking Ryan McHugh whenever he entered hostile territory and didn't give him a sniff. RATING - 7

KILLIAN YOUNG: Almost scored a goal from halfway. Ran hard at Donegal and won a vital second half free.RATING - 8

PETER CROWLEY: Performed one spectacular back on Paddy McBrearty. RATING - 7

ANTHONY MAHER: Spoiled Neil Gallagher on both 'keeper's kick outs and ran himself ragged. RATING - 8

DAVID MORAN: Workmanlike shift. An All Star. RATING - 7

DONNCHADH WALSH: Vital around kick-out breakdown. Perhaps the Kerry forward most frustrated into kicking from long range.RATING - 6

STEPHEN O'BRIEN: Brilliant long ball set up Paul Geaney's goal but got clogged in the rush hour traffic in and around the Donegal half-back line thereafter. RATING - 6

JOHNNY BUCKLEY: Composed as ever. Kicked arguably the most important point of the match, a momentum killer after Donegal's stunning three-point riposte to Kieran Donaghy's goal.RATING - 7

PAUL GEANEY: Beat Paddy McGrath to that first ball and took his goal coolly. Beat Frank McGlynn to two further balls but skied a goal chance of the guilt edged variety. RATING - 7

KIERAN DONAGHY: Periphery to hero in two-and-a-bit games. Scored 1-2, destroyed Eamonn McGee. Lazarus. RATING - 8

JAMES O'DONOGHUE: Couldn't get any change out of Neil McGee so went out rambling. Kept scoreless. RATING - 7

SUBS:

MICHAEL GEANEY: First man in but kicked two wides. RATING - 6

BARRY JOHN KEANE: Converted two frees, one of which he won himself.RATING - 7

SHANE ENRIGHT: Didn't get to grips with McBrearty at all. RATING - 5

DECLAN O'SULLIVAN: Slick hands at an important time. RATING - 6

BRYAN SHEEHAN: Slotted an important free with his first kick. RATING - 6

­ COMPILED BY CONOR McKEON

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