Wednesday 18 October 2017

Tipperary v Galway Player Ratings - Five warriors emerge with 9/10

Padraic Maher of Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Padraic Maher of Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Here's how the players rated from yesterday's epic encounter in Croke Park that Galway pinched by 0-22 to 1-18.

Tipperary - Darren Gleeson 8

Justified recall with measured display, though cynically tripprd Jason Flynn to deny a certain goal in the 60th minute.

Donagh Maher 8

Tight and tenacious, he held his nerve under the aerial barrage that Galway constantly tried to test Tipp with.

James Barry 7

Restored as a central pillar of defence Barry was more comfortable and remained fixed there, ignoring the temptation to go man-for-man.

Michael Cahill 6

He had his troubles with Conor Whelan but made telling interventions and interceptions.

Seamus Kennedy 7

Galway targeted his wing from puck outs but he held his ground well and played some intelligent ball.

Ronan Maher 7

Not at his most dominant and wasn't always crisp with possession but did well on Canning early on.

Padraic Maher 9

When Tipperary needed leadership Maher provided it. So many important battles won and clearances made.

Brendan Maher 9

Just behind Padraic Maher as Tipp's biggest influence, dominating midfield and landing some long-range frees.

Michael Breen 5

Never got going and his last act was to be stripped of possession by Canning prior to that spectacular sideline conversion by the Galway talisman.

Dan McCormack 8

Took a deeper role and it paid off as he came strong in the closing stages, winning the free for Brendan Maher's late equaliser.

Patrick 'Bonner' Maher 6

Won an early free but never the nuisance he threatened to be and well beaten by Gearoid McInerney when they matched up.

Noel McGrath 7

Drifted in and out, but when he was in he was prolific with two points and so many decent passes picked out.

John O'Dwyer 7

Could be peripheral but still got in for three points. Under pressure at the end when his equaliser attempt drifted wide.

Seamus Callanan 7

Menacing start, scored two points from play but was off from placed balls in the second half and his influence waned.

John McGrath 7

Nipped in for his trademark predatory goal but Tipperary could never get him into the game enough as he looked to have an early edge over Adrian Tuohy.

SUBS

Unusual substitution policy by Tipperary, who brought on Jason Forde (6) - who scored a point - for Michael Breen before replacing him with Niall O'Meara.

Galway

Colm Callanan 7

Made up for failure to control for first Tipp goal with fine saves from Seamie Callanan and Noel McGrath

Adrian Tuohy 8

How many times in the closing stages did Tuohy come away from his own area to anticipate and avert trouble?

Daithi Burke 8

Another absorbing battle with Callanan, one that he eventually wrested control of.

John Hanbury 7

Cleared his lines so often to ease pressure on Galway, though John O'Dwyer picked off three points.

Padraig Mannion 9

Clean striker with neat distribution who attacked everything with force and won a vital free at the end.

Gearoid McInerney 9

A revelation at centre-back this year, he set the tone in a shuddering collision with Padraic Maher and dominated the middle channel.

Aidan Harte 7

Transformed under Micheál Donoghue, Harte used his pace and agility to steer Galway out of trouble so often.

Johnny Coen 7

Clipped over two points early on and worked hard before fading, but laid off to Canning for the match winner.

David Burke 5

Captain might appreciate what Nicky English said all those years ago about having ducks that would drown. Nothing went right for him.

Niall Burke 5

Never really got into the game at half-forward where Padraic Maher was an imposing presence, and made way for Jason Flynn.

Joe Canning 9

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Canning took responsibility and won the game, not just at the death. Real leadership and physical presence. Scored 11 points.

Joseph Cooney 7

Brought directness to Galway's play early on to win frees, create assists and offer a presence under puck-outs.

Conor Whelan 8

Really took the game to Tipp early on, scoring four points and foraging brilliantly to create other openings.

Cathal Mannion 6

Worked hard but was never a mainstream figure like the Galway attack needed him to be, delivering just one point before making way for a more effective Johnny Glynn.

Conor Cooney 7

Started like a train and really used his aerial advantage and power. Missed an early second-half goal chance.

SUBS

Johnny Glynn (7) made the biggest impact, Jason Flynn (5) had a decent goal chance blocked, Shane Moloney was on late.

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