Wednesday 13 December 2017

Here is how we rated the players in Dublin's All Ireland win over Mayo

Dublin players Paul Flynn, Bernard Brogan, Paddy Andrews, Diarmuid Connolly, Michael Darragh Macauley and Con O'Callaghan celebrate
Dublin players Paul Flynn, Bernard Brogan, Paddy Andrews, Diarmuid Connolly, Michael Darragh Macauley and Con O'Callaghan celebrate

John Brennan

Dublin secure back-to-back All Ireland titles with a tense, one-point win over Mayo in Croke Park. Here is how we rated the players.


Stephen Cluxton - No chance with the goal and steady on the kick-outs as Mayo pressed by going man to man on the restarts. 8

Philly McMahon - Philly got stuck into a typical physical battle with Aidan O’Shea, and he took to it with gusto. 8

Johnny Cooper - Black-carded in the first half for a trip when the Na Fianna man was just settling into the match. 7

Michael Fitzsimons - A late call up to the starting XV and the Cuala man was steady all through. 8

James McCarthy - Back to his rampaging best, but spoiled some of his work with a few poor passes. 8

Cian O’Sullivan - Made plenty of vital interceptions for Dublin in his usual ‘free-man’ role. 7

John Small - Man of the Match the last day, but lucky to stay on the pitch after a clear pull-down in the first half. 6

Brian Fenton - Another epic shift from Fenton who won plenty of ball and did some amount of running. 8


Paul Flynn - Moved to midfield and did well there, but the mobility is not what it was for the four-time AllStar. 7

Paddy Andrews - Given a start and didn’t have anything like the impact of the previous day. 6

Kevin McManamon - One of the Dublin players who had to do better than he did a fortnight ago. And ‘Kev Mc’ did at times. 7

Ciaran Kilkenny - Back in the forwards and tried to be Dublin’s playmaker. But struggled to get going.

Dean Rock - Much better on the frees than he had been in the drawn game. 8

Diarmuid Connolly - One super first half point and took his penalty brilliantly on a tempestous afternoon. 7

Paul Mannion - The Kilmacud lad worked hard but couldn’t get close to the posts for a shot for a score. 7

1 October 2016; Paul Mannion of Dublin lifts the Sam Maguire cup after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

David Byrne - Came on early for Cooper and did very well in the second half. 7

Bernard Brogan - It was a big call to drop Dublin’s attasck leader, but it worked out. 7

MD Macauley - Again a huge decision to drop Macauley at the start. 8

Cormac Costello - Two points from his first touches in an All-Ireland Final. 8



Rob Hennelly - A shock choice to start in goal. And then made a huge mistake with the wet ball. 5

Brendan Harrison - Mayo’s new defender this year tried really hard to limit Dean Rock’s influence from play. 7

Donal Vaughan - Roamed all over the pitch in search of the ball  But to little effect. 6

Keith Higgins - A key man in a strong Mayo defence. Got in plenty of blocks and dispossessions. 8

Lee Keegan - Scored a brilliant goal, but eventually ‘took one for the team’ when hauling down Diarmuid Connolly. 7

Lee Keegan of Mayo, right, is shown a black card by referee Maurice Deegan

Colm Boyle - The centre-back played really well, but sailed close to the disciplinary winds at times. 7

Patrick Durkan - He’s developing into a fine wing-back and is one for Mayo’s future. 8

Seamus O’Shea - Tried hard to get up and down the pitch but sometimes the game passed him by. 6

Tom Parsons - Worked hard, but took a couple of wild shots when he didn’t have to. 6

Kevin McLoughlin - His relentless work as sweeper caused the Dubs no end of problems all evening. 8

Aidan O’Shea - On the ball more than he was a fortnight ago. Never stopped working. 7

Diarmuid O’Connor - Not the player he was earlier in the year as an injury is holding him back. 6

Jason Doherty - Didn’t make much of an impact against a tight Dublin full-back line. 5

Andy Moran - Always looking for work and Andy team-mates were always looking for him. 7

Cillian O’Connor - Kicked the frees and tried to get on the ball as Mayo sought scores. But that last free! 7

David Clarke - his first task was to take the ball out of his net 6

Stephen Coen - replaced Keegan but not the same player. 6

Conor O’Shea - Came on for Vaughan but didn;t influence the contest. 6

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