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Dublin-Kerry player ratings: What hamstring injury? Cian O'Sullivan shines for Dublin

Tom Rooney

Published 20/09/2015 | 18:39

Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup following his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup following his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Anthony Maher, Kerry, in action against Dean Rock, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire cup. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Bernard Brogan. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Ciaran Kilkenny, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Jonathan Lyne, Kerry, is tackled by Ciaran Kilkenny, left, and Denis Bastick, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Donnchadh Walsh, Kerry, in action against Jonny Cooper, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, tackles Colm Cooper, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Paul Geaney, Kerry, in action against Rory O'Carroll, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Paul Flynn, Dublin, in action against Paul Geaney, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Supporters watch during the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Paul Geaney, Kerry, in action against Stephen Cluxton, left, and Rory O'Carroll, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Dean Rock, Dublin, has a shot on goal depite the attempts of Fionn Fitzgerald and David Moran, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Paul Geaney, Kerry, in action against Rory O'Carroll and Stephen Cluxton, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Darran O’Sullivan, Kerry, is tackled by Jonny Cooper, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin, in action against Aidan OMahony, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Kieran Donaghy, Kerry, in action against Rory O'Carroll, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Paul Geaney, Kerry, in action against Rory O'Carroll, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
James O’Donoghue, Kerry, in action against Brian Fenton, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Darran O’Sullivan, Kerry, shoots wide under pressure from Jack McCaffrey, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
James O’Donoghue, Kerry, is tackled by Jonny Cooper, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire cup. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire cup
20 September 2015; James McCarthy, Dublin, in action against Colm Cooper, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Kerry players celebrate with the cup. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kerry v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Kerry players celebrate their side's victory. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kerry v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Mark O’Connor, Kerry, lifts the cup. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kerry v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Mark OConnor, Kerry, celebrates with the cup. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kerry v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Dublin supporter Paul Fitzsimmons, from Ballydoyle, Co. Tipperary, ahead of the game
Dublin supporters Ciara Connolly, left, and Elizabeth McKenna, from Tallaght, ahead of the game
Dublin supporters Paul Hegarty, left, and son Sean Hegarty, from Blanchardstown, ahead of the game
A view of the pre-match parade. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Supporters on Hill 16 ahead of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin
Dublin supporters, Peter Walsh, and his son Jamie, aged 5, from Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, on their way to the game
Dublin supporter Ronan Synnott, from Leopardstown, Co. Dublin, ahead of the game
Dublin supporters and long-time friends Michael Claxton, left, and Sean Burke
Dublin supporter Colette O'Neill, from Swords, Co. Dublin, ahead of the game
Dublin supporters, Shane Peppard with sons Clayton, 6, and Callum, 8, from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, ahead of the game
Kerry supporters Ciaran Quinlan, left, and Sean Daly, from Castleisland, Co. Kerry, perform a rain dance ahead of the game
A Kerry supporter looks on pensively ahead of the game
20 September 2015; Peter Crowley, Kerry, is tackled by Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Colm Cooper, Kerry, is caught with a late challenge from Diarmuid Connelly, Dublin, which resulted in a yellow card for the Dublin player. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Dublin supporters on Hill 16 ahead of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Hill 16 packed with supporters ahead of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Peter Crowley, Kerry, is tackled by Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Paul Flynn, Dublin, in action against Paul Geaney, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Stephen O’Brien, Kerry, in action against Jack McCaffrey, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Paddy Andrews, Dublin, in action against Fionn Fitzgerald, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; A view of the pre-match parade. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Brian Fenton, Dublin, in action against David Moran, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

No surprise that most of the big displays came from the side in blue on a difficult day to play football.

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1. Stephen Cluxton: A number of kick-outs went out over the sideline and look shaky with ball in hand. Hasn't been his best season. Kicked one very good free. 5

2. Jonny Cooper: Injury forced him off but did well in nullifying the threat of James O'Donoghue. Swept up loose ball well.  7

3. Rory O’Carroll: He faced a difficult task in trying to stop Paul Geaney and Kieran Donaghy but performed very well and has banished his 'weak link' tag. 7

20 September 2015; Dublin's Alan Brogan, left, and Michael Darragh MacAuley celebrates after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Alan Brogan, left, and Michael Darragh MacAuley celebrates after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup following his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin players Bernard Borgan, Alan Brogan, top, and Kevin McManamon celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup following their side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin, celebrates at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Jonny Cooper, left, and Stephen Cluxton following their side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin is congratulated by Seamus McCormack after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's James McCarthy, left, Diarmuid Connolly, and Cian O'Sullivan, right, celebrates after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; A view of the pre-match parade. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Peter Crowley, Kerry, is tackled by Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire cup. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Denis Bastick, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin is congratulated by Seamus McCormack after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton is congratultaed by Martin Kennedy, Head of Athletic Development, Dublin, at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin players and supporters celebrate as Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Alan Brogan and Kevin McManamon, Dublin, celebrate at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin and goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton following their side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Paddy Andrews celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup after the game with teammate John Small. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

4. Philly McMahon: Scored a brilliant point before the break and the Ballymun man’s constant movement forward forced Colm Cooper out of position and limited his threat. One of the Dubs players of the season. 8

5. James McCarthy

A strong display in a Dublin defence which gave very little away today. 7

6. Cian O’Sullivan

The fact that he was playing today, two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury, is remarkable. Played his sweeper role to perfection. 9

7. Jack McCaffrey

A huge threat in the opening half but struggled once Darran O'Sullivan was introduced and was  eventually subbed. 6

8. Brian Fenton

Came alive in the second half. A constant menace with his driving runs through the heart of Kerry and incisive passing. Fenton was unlucky to rattle the post in the in the 48th minute. 8

9. Denis Bastick

Battled hard as the Dubs assumed almost full control in the midfield as the sloppy final wore on. Bastick was replaced by Michael Darragh MacAuley who proved equally industrious. 8

10. Paul Flynn

Added his considerable bulk to a midfield battle Dublin unquestionably won. Flynn was dogged, intense and chipped in with a brace. One very poor miss. 8

11. Diarmuid Connolly

Perhaps not at his most devastating, but Connolly put in a huge shift, but without and without the ball- an Incredible effort but has a lot more to offer.  6

12. Ciaran Kilkenny

More subdued than he has been in Dublin's journey to the final and was wayward in his shooting. 6

13. Paddy Andrews

An early bang to the head didn't help his cause. The conditions didn't suit his style but her never stopped showing for it. 7

14. Dean Rock

Scored two first half points before being replaced by Kevin McManamon at the break. McManamon’s powerful running was just the change of pace Kerry could have done without. 6

15. Bernard Brogan

Had his share of misses, though found the target when it mattered most. Would anyone bet against him for Footballer of the Year? 8

Substitutes

Kevin McManamon for Dean Rock (H/T): A huge impact off the bench and a man that Kerry feared. Forced Aidan O'Mahony's black card. 8

Michael Darragh Macauley for Denis Bastick (40m): Formed a big part of an impressive midfield performance. 8

Michael Fitzsimons replaces Jonny Cooper (48m): Picked up where Cooper left off and played the role he has played all year very well. 7

John Small for Jack McCaffrey (52m): Blunted the threat of Darren O'Sullivan. 7

Darren Daly for Cian O'Sullivan (60m): A very solid cameo. 6

Alan Brogan for Brian Fenton (66m): Scored the insurance point after Killian Youngs miss. Will it be a fitting end? 8

 

Kerry

1. Brendan Kealy

Denied Dean Rock an almost certain goal with a fine first half save. Kerry kickouts failed to fire. 7

2. Fionn Fitzgerald

Struggled to handle Paddy Andrews and was guilty of a number of fouls. 6

3. Aidan O’Mahony

Was under serious pressure after the introduction of McManamon. Black card was justified. 6

4. Shane Enright

Kept Bernard Brogan to a single point from play and performed some good work for Kerry's over-worked defence. 7

5. Jonathan Lyne

Kicked a sublime score as Kerry mounted a mini second half revival. 7

6. Peter Crowley

Typically abrasive display and shaded his battle with Diarmuid Connolly. 7

7. Killian Young

Was the wrong man in the right place when he had one of Kerry's rare goal chances, Tough day. 6

8. Anthony Maher

He and partner David Moran struggled to gain any traction against a superior Dublin pairing. Kerry needed more from their engine room. 5

9. David Moran

Will want to forget what was a markedly tame showing from he and Maher. Moran was replaced by Paul Galvin, who was unable to assert himself. 5

10. Stephen O’Brien: Substituted at the interval for Darran O’Sullivan, who made an immediate impact with a quality point.  O’Sullivan’s pace gave the Kingdom much needed dynamism. Conditions hindered him. 5

11. Johnny Buckley

Couldn't replicate the impact he made in the semi-final and suffered from Kerry's sllow build-up. 5

12. Donnchadh Walsh

Industrious as ever but couldn't make a big enough impact on the game. 6

13. Colm Cooper

Spent much of his afternoon chasing McMahon, tough still managed pick some fine balls from a retreated position. A frustrated figure. 6

14. Paul Geaney

In the middle of full-forward line that struggled for cohesion all game in the face of a relentless Dublin defence. Two points from play. 6

15. James O’Donoghue

Largely ineffectual, particularly by his own high standards. O’Donoghue was eventually replaced by Barry John Keane. 6

Substitutes

Darran O'Sullivan for Stephen O'Brien (H/T): Sparked Kerry into life but was eventually snuffed out. 8

Bryan Sheehan on for Johnny Buckley (44m): Kicked wides from play and frees when Kerry needed scores. 5

Kieran Donaghy replaces Paul Geaney (50m): Caused a lot of problems and was harshly denied a penalty. 7

Paul Galvin replaces David Moran (57m): Some decent distribution but looked a spent force. 6

Paul Murphy for Aidan O'Mahony (58m): Little impact. 6

Barry John Keane on for James O’Donoghue (62m): Never really got his hands on it during his brief cameo.

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