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Dublin v Cork player ratings: Jack McCaffrey shines brightest on blue day at Croker

26 April 2015; Dublin's Jack McCaffrey celebrates following his side's victory. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Dublin's Jack McCaffrey celebrates following his side's victory. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Cork's Barry O'Driscoll following his side's loss. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Paul Kerrigan, Cork, in action against Brian Fenton, Dublin. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Fintan Goold, Cork, in action against Brian Fenton, Dublin. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Brian Hurley, Cork, in action against Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Mark Collins, Cork, on his way to scoring his team's first goal despite the efforts of Brian Fenton, Dublin. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Noel Galvin, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Mark Collins, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, scores a penalty past Ken O'Halloran, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Michael Shields, Cork, is tackled by Philip Ryan, Dublin. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, in action against James Loughrey, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Kevin McManamon, Dublin, in action against Michael Shields, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, scores his team's first goal from the penalty spot. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Colm O'Neill, Cork, in action against Philip McMahon, Dublin. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Michael Fitzsimons, Dublin, in action against Colm O'Neill, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Dublin claimed their third consecutive Allianz Division 1 Football League title with a comprehensive victory over a misfiring Cork side at Croke Park today.

Jim Gavin's side head into the championship with great momentum while Brian Cuthbert must now go back to the drawing board and identify the cause of their no-show. Indepentent.ie rate all today's performers.

DUBLIN:

Stephen Cluxton - The captain orchestrated many moves with his pinpoint kick outs but will be angry to have conceded twice. 7/10 

Philly McMahon - Teak tough and a good player to boot, the Ballymun defender gave a fine display of man marking and even popped up for a point. 8

Rory O'Carroll - Was excelling and looked back to his best before coming off injured. A key player for Gavin's side. 7

Johnny Cooper - Like McMahon, he is a no nonsense defender who gets the job done and is an absolute nightmare to mark. 8

James McCarthy - A quiet enough afternoon but performed solidly, if not spectacularly. 6

Cian O'Sullivan - Manned the centre and got forward where possible, another mainstay of the side. 7

Jack McCaffrey - Man of the match McCaffrey has the speed of a greyhound and covered every inch of Croker, class act. 8

Denis Bastick - Was dominant in the middle of the park and gave his side a great springboard from which to build upon. 7

Brian Fenton - The newcomer put in a polished display and provides further strength in depth around the engine room. 7

Tomás Brady - The hurler come footballer knows his role within the side and worked tirelessly, capped off with a nice point. 7

Ciarán Kilkenny - The puppet master of the Dublin attack picking out free players at will and moving into space, great performance. 8

Diarmuid Connolly - Started like a house on fire and responded well to a stray elbow, yet another medal for the St Vincents man. 7

Dean Rock - Serious contender for best player with flawless free-taking and excellent movement and accuracy from open play. 8

Kevin McMenamin - Does exactly what he says on the tin running directly at defenders and winning scorable frees. 7

Bernard Brogan - Was starved of ball at times but his movement and ability to create space was key, coming to the boil for the summer. 7

Subs:

Michael Fitzsimons - replaced O'Carroll with the minimum of fuss and is an excellent substitute to have. 7

Paddy Andrews - staked his claim for a spot with a lively display, scoring two points in the process.

Emmett Ó Conghaile - Game had petered out by the time of his introduction. 6

Cormac Costello - only saw 15 minutes of action but is likely to play a big role later in the season. 6

John Small - not on long enough to be rated.

Darren Daly - not on long enough to be rated.

 

CORK:

Ken O'Halloran - Must have been tired of taking kick outs, left with no chance for Connolly's penalty. 6

Tom Clancy - Had a tough day at the office with the Dublin full-forward line dangerous throughout. 6

Michael Shields - Left very exposed and struggled to deal with overlapping Dublin attackers. 6

James Loughrey - Both Bernard Brogan and Dean Rock were lively in the corners and caused a lot of trouble. 6

Jamie O'Sullivan - Struggled to get a foothold in the half-back line but will learn from the experience. 6

Conor Dorman - Never got to grips with the influential Ciarán Kilkenny who brought him on a tour of HQ before being replaced. 5

Tomás Clancy - Battled hard but Connolly and Brady won the duels with the Rebel wing backs. 6

Eoin Cadogan - The Beard did not strike fear into the Dubs and Cadogan was under pressure throughout. 6

Fintan Goold - Somewhat anonymous which is very unlike him but perhaps it typified his side's overall display. 6

Kevin O'Driscoll - A quiet afternoon as Rebel forwards left doing more defending than attacking. 5

John O'Rourke - Worked hard and neutralised O'Sullivan at times but failed to influence play enough. 6

Colm O'Driscoll - Replaced in the second half after struggling to bring his A game to the big occasion. 5

Colm O'Neill - Unerring accuracy from frees but saw little in the way of decent ball to work with. 7

Mark Collins - Collins got a second-half goal but was soon replaced after largely disappointing . 6

Brian Hurley - The talented forward found the going tough against a tigerish Dublin full-back line. 6

Subs:

Paul Kerrigan - Early substitution but failed to impose his pace and ball carrying on the game. 6

Daniel Goulding - 37th minute sub who finished a goal but was unable to make a big impact. 6

Donal Óg Hodnett - made a nuisance of himself following introduction. 6

Barry O’Driscoll - replaced his namesake Colm but fared little better. 6

Stephen Cronin - not on long enough to be rated.

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