Thursday 18 January 2018

Mayo player ratings

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Rob Hennelly

Poor judgment to come off his line to contest Paul Flynn's delivery that led to Bernard Brogan's first goal but spread himself magnificently to deny Dublin three gilt-edged goal chances.

Tom Cunniffe

Got the better of his brief battle with Paul Mannion but had more difficulty with Eoghan O'Gara before retiring with an injury at half-time that took Keith Higgins to the corner.

Ger Cafferkey

Caught for Brogan's first goal and in difficulty for the O'Gara chance that Hennelly saved but had to commit for Brogan's second. Beat him to a lot of ball, closed down space but conceded 2-2. A strange afternoon.

Chris Barrett

Had to track Ciaran Kilkenny for much of the match and the young Dublin star found space to create five clear opportunities, not all on Barrett's watch. Attacked the ball confidently and handled well.

Lee Keegan

Has surely set a record for a defender by scoring in six championship games on the trot, Keegan had a terrific first half, winning kick-outs and making turnovers on top of his two points. A second All Star awaits.

Donie Vaughan

his quietest game yet, Vaughan played most of his football from the wing and made few attacking forays that had Dublin under pressure. Colm Boyle

Best Mayo player for the last 25 minutes. He was exhausted as he won the last free and took the game to Dublin. One of Mayo's true leaders but presented Dublin with their final score from a Cluxton free.

Aidan O'Shea

Most of his best work was defensive but he did get forward to win two frees in the second half. Didn't get near the heights of his majestic game against Donegal as Dublin successfully kept kick-outs away from him.

Seamus O'Shea

Demanded possession from Aidan to respond with a point after Brogan's first goal. He worked tirelessly and linked superbly with half-forwards. Made brilliant second-half tackle on Connolly.

Kevin McLoughlin

Got on a lot of ball but too loose with his possession. A couple of intended foot-passes were easily cut out, while two wides were registered in the opening half. Jack McCaffrey's departure was a plus for him.

Keith Higgins

Alongside Keegan, was Mayo's best player – full of energy and creativity in the opening half from centre-forward. He had Dublin constantly on the back foot. His switch to defence drained momentum from the team.

Alan Dillon

Will have to live with the charge that he hasn't gone well in All-Ireland finals. Enjoyed a bit of prominence early but as the game progressed he became more and more marginal.

Cillian O'Connor

Showed no obvious signs that the shoulder injury impacted on him but invested a lot in getting it right and that may have had a hidden effect. Off target with a couple of early frees.

Alan Freeman

A hugely contentious decision to take him off so early, but he had apparently been suffering from 'flu. Rory O'Carroll wasn't being overly exerted, but given his semi-final performance he deserved more time.

Andy Moran

Easy to see why Mayo fans love him. After an indifferent season, he exploded into life here and provided leadership to score 1-2 and win two more converted frees. Ran out of the steam but oozes character.

Subs:

Mickey Conroy (5) never made the impact he had in the semi-final, neither did Cathal Carolan (5). Enda Varley (7) won two frees and had the greatest impact of the five substitutes introduced. Barry Moran and Jason Doherty were not on long enough to be rated.

Irish Independent

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