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Saturday 18 November 2017

Dublin player ratings

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Stephen Cluxton

Never had a save to make of any consequence as he enjoyed his greatest level of protection yet. Had a few nervy moments in the first half, but his kick-outs were excellent and he struck over two of his three frees.

Philly McMahon

Justified his first championship start with some very smart reading of breaking ball. Always on hand to sweep up and never stressed in his battle with Cillian O'Connor, but did gift Mayo an easy free.

Rory O'Carroll

Finished the game a passenger with concussion as Dublin's bench had already been 'run in', but O'Carroll had arguably his best game of the season, dealing comfortably with Mayo's aerial assault.

Jonny Cooper

Left the field in a badly concussed state and had his moments of difficulty with Andy Moran but made a full-length dive for a memorable interception in the first half and always had presence of mind in possession.

James McCarthy

The most vibrant of Dublin's defenders pressing forward, he never allowed Alan Dillon to exert a real influence on the game and was also strong in the tackle as he has been all season.

Ger Brennan

Came into this match a much-maligned figure but had his hands full with Keith Higgins. Brennan had character to hang in there and his point to restore a three-point lead may well have won Dublin the game.

Jack McCaffrey

Never got going as Mayo targeted him successfully, not allowing him to launch any of his trademark runs. His least effective game of the six so far, he was replaced by the more combative Darren Daly.

Michael Darragh Macauley

Denied a first-half goal by Robert Hennelly, he grew into the game with some trademark surges. Was a key figure as Dublin protected their lead in the last quarter with his ability to counter. Cian O'Sullivan

Arguably Dublin's best player and really anchored them during a difficult period in the first half. His point got Dublin level just after half-time and he was equally comfortable when switched to corner-back. Paul Flynn

Set up the first goal then powered into the game with some important plays in the second half, including a point. A good outlet for Cluxton's quick kick-outs, he ended the match with a fine cameo in the full-back line.

Ciaran Kilkenny

Got on a lot of ball after switching to the inside line, but it was a difficult day for Kilkenny who spurned good opportunities for 1-4 after working himself into promising attacking positions.

Diarmuid Connolly

Struggled to make the same impact as he did against Kerry and was very much in Lee Keegan's slipstream in the opening half. Dropped much deeper in the second half, his contribution mirrored the 2011 final.

Paul Mannion

Ironically, his hamstring injury early on paved the way for Eoghan O'Gara's introduction, without which Dublin would not have won. While on, Mannion struggled against Tom Cunniffe and kicked a wide.

Paddy Andrews

Existed on the periphery for most of the first half after starting at centre-forward where he made such an impact against Kerry, but struck the lead point for Dublin at a crucial time in the third quarter.

Bernard Brogan

Scored 2-2 from play and won a free that he converted himself and was man of the match, but still there was never a sense that he was getting the better of Ger Cafferkey despite his magnificent opportunism.

Substitutes used:

Once again the cavalry lifted Dublin. Eoghan O'Gara (8) was superb in his ball-winning ability, Darren Daly (7) brought more aggression to the physical battle than Jack McCaffrey. Denis Bastick (8) set up Brogan's second goal in an industrious display, while Dean Rock (7) also had a hand in that goal and directly set up two further points. Kevin McManamon (6) typically gained important territory in the final quarter.

Irish Independent

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