Sunday 8 December 2019

All-Ireland Football Final 2014: Kerry Player ratings

Kerry players celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Donegal. Croke Park, Dublin
Kerry players celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Donegal. Croke Park, Dublin
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian Kelly - 7

Didn't bring much risk to his kick-out strategy but that might have been the best tactic. Closed angle on Darach O'Connor well in first half. Had better cover than his opposite number.

Marc O Se - 8

Quite a response since being dropped for the Limerick game, he established control against Colm McFadden early on and played across the line with great vigilance.

Aidan O'Mahony - 7

Faced with the challenge and might of Michael Murphy, O'Mahony was never exposed and that was the measure of one of Kerry's most experienced players.

Fionn Fitzgerald - 6

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Sacrificed to allow Shane Enright in to track Paddy McBrearty but Fitzgerald had handled Darach O'Connor with ease in opening 27 minutes and made good decisions.

Paul Murphy - 8

Has emerged as one of Kerry's summer heroes and embellished this with a really competent display that included an inspiring second-half point to draw Kerry level.

Peter Crowley - 8

His block on David Walsh in the last quarter, where he came from five metres off the execute it, had some uplighting effect. Snaffled up breaks all day. One of Kerry's big successes.

Killian Young - 7

Didn't have the best of form coming into this game but carried impressively all day and really grew into the game as part of a dominant Kerry half-back line. Fouled for late free.

Anthony Maher - 7

Aggression he has brought to his game really counted. Didn't back away from any confrontation. When Neil Gallagher was dominating, it was Maher who provided most resistance.

David Moran - 7

Never reached the heights of either Mayo game. Struggled early on, allowing one poor Durcan kick-out to slip through his hands. But he gathered himself well after that.

Stephen O'Brien - 5

Made some penetrating runs and put the early ball in for Geaney's goal. But didn't protect possession well. Some of his best work was defensive and he clocked up fouls quickly.

Johnny Buckley - 7

Has had quite a season and provided great presence throughout to supplement Maher and Moran at midfield. There was hardly a more important score than his long-range point,

Donnchadh Walsh - 6

The usual plaudits for Walsh: how hard he worked, how selfless he was and how he put his body on the line. He spread himself thin and was ready to foul when needed.

Paul Geaney - 7

Scored one of the quickest ever final goals and should have had another when he blazed over. An unlikely aerial target early on, he always threatened but still shot four wides.

Kieran Donaghy - 8

Kerry's season turned with his introduction against Mayo and his soaring confidence manifested here. Vital interception for a vital goal. Always a threat to Donegal's last line.

James O'Donoghue - 6

The 'footballer of the year' in waiting had to go deep to get space away from Neil McGee and was never a threat like he had been in matches all summer. Still worked very hard.

Substitutes

Michael Geaney (6) exploited some gaps, Shane Enright (6) got tighter to McBrearty, Barry John Keane (6) converted two frees, Declan O'Sullivan (6) took up deep positions but was peripheral, Bryan Sheehan nailed a 47-metre free late on, while Kieran O'Leary was an even later addition.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice - 10

Jack O'Connor once said he wouldn't get away with playing football 'like that down here'. But Fitzmaurice has and Kerry have one of their best final triumphs in the circumstances. Holding their shape was the key, targeting Paul Geaney aerially and sacrificing James O'Donoghue to a deeper role also worked.

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