Monday 21 August 2017


James Skehill

One of his booming clearances led to Canning's goal, while his save from Colin Fennelly was top class, but may have been a little slow in closing down Eoin Larkin for the penalty.

Johnny Coen

Made one memorable catch in the second half and was generally alert and supportive to those around him. Like Fergal Moore, held his nerve despite being on a yellow card.

Kevin Hynes

Picked out as potentially the weakest in the herd of wildebeest, he was comfortable and composed for long spells and read the game well.

Fergal Moore

Had a magnificent opening 20 minutes and continued to show wonderful resilience when Galway were under pressure in the second half despite being on a booking.

Niall Donoghue

Planted a superb first-half point but was too casual with his possession too often in the second half and that cost Galway scores.Tony Og Regan

Enjoyed a good start but once faced with Shefflin it became a different afternoon for Regan, his handling wasn't as sure as it had been in other games.

David Collins

A tour de force from Collins early on as Galway dominated, his influence was less stated after the break.Iarla Tannian

The game's outstanding player. At one point he blocked and then dispossessed Jackie Tyrrell in the same passage of play. A colossus in the second half when Galway were in trouble.

Andy Smith

A solid pillion passenger for Tannian who didn't baulk in Michael Fennelly's company, he might have made more of his goal chance when he had it, however.

David Burke

Nowhere near the influence he was in the Leinster final as Paul Murphy dominated in opposition. Worked hard to win one free off David Herity.

Niall Burke

His two first-half catches from Skehill puck-outs were inspiring and his second-half goal was clinical but by that stage Brian Hogan had established control of that middle channel.

Cyril Donnellan

Provided the delivery that led to Niall Burke's goal but he was peripheral for much of the day and will benefit from the game, having sat out the middle part of the season with a hand injury.

Damien Hayes

His work-rate couldn't be faulted, his energy was as high as ever but he could never find the space to make his speed count. Galway may rethink their strategy on Hayes for the next day.

Joe Canning

Had the feel of a coronation in the first half with his wonder goal and point but he couldn't get into the game after the break. Showed nerve for final free after missing an easier one minutes earlier.

James Regan

Buzzed early on and provided an unlikely opening for Canning's goal with ambitious run from nothing, but was much less prominent as the game wore on.


Conor Cooney was only on for eight minutes before being substituted, David Glennon (6) won the crucial last free, Joseph Cooney and Johnny Glynn were not on long enough to be rated.

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