Monday 19 March 2018

Cork v Waterford: How they rated in yesterday's All-Ireland semi-final

Darragh Fives of Waterford put in a great performance. Photo: Sportsfile
Darragh Fives of Waterford put in a great performance. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Here is how the Cork and Waterford players rated in the Deise's 4-19 to 0-20 win in yesterday's All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park.


Anthony Nash 7

Beaten four times but made one great save from Pauric Mahony in the first-half. Crucially, however, his puck-out service was disrupted here.

Mark Ellis 7

Cork's 'spare man' read the play well, made some important hits and blocks and worked his clearances with accuracy out of defence.

Damien Cahalane 6

When he picked up a second yellow for a high challenge he was yielding little to Jake Dillon and Maurice Shanahan. His absence opened the game up.

Colm Spillane 7

Slipped by Shane Bennett for the first goal, but as the game progressed Bennett's influence lessened before his withdrawal. Spoils to Spillane.

Christopher Joyce 6

Strong and forceful across the line, he was on top of his game until he was thieved trying to clear his lines by Austin Gleeson. A game changer.

Steven McDonnell 6

He dominatied Austin Gleeson for long periods, but the job is only done when it's done. Cork's middle was wide open in the last quarter.

Mark Coleman 6

The rising star of Cork's defence had his hands full with 'Brick' Walsh, especially in the close exchanges. Still got on so much loose ball.

Bill Cooper 6

Went head-to-head with Kevin Moran and was in his slipstream for much of it before being replaced by Daniel Kearney.

Darragh Fitzgibbon 7

Had a spell in the second half when he really got motoring through the middle and sliced a sideline over as well, but struggled to contain Jamie Barron.

Luke Meade 5

Played with a broken finger and struggled to make an impact. Replaced at the break.

Conor Lehane 7

Got going briefly in the second-half, but found the congestion difficult to navigate and had hit four wides and the post before he eventually scored.

Shane Kingston 6

Started well on debutant Kieran Bennett, scoring a point and winning two frees, but his influence waned.

Alan Cadogan 6

The respect Waterford afforded him was Noel Connors' company, but he still managed to steal away for two trademark points.

Seamus Harnedy 5

The game passed him by for too long. Got some results when he switched out in the second half.

Patrick Horgan 9

Banished the memory of his last All-Ireland semi-final with a superb display: five points from play, 0-12 in all and some crucial tackles.


Michael Cahalane's (5) impact was limited, except for a dubious free won off Barry Coughlan. Luke O'Farrell snatched a point, but, like Daniel Kearney, was not on long enough to be rated.


Stephen O'Keeffe 7

Safe, sound and virtually untouched, just the way the Waterford system is designed. Smart and efficient with his puck-outs.

Shane Fives 6

Met Patrick Horgan on a day when the Cork man was on fire and found the going tough.

Barry Coughlan 7

Had the protection of Darragh Fives around him, which reduced the workload, but still a formidable physical barrier to Seamus Harnedy.

Noel Connors 7

Got stretched a couple of times in the corners by Alan Cadogan, but he was rarely rattled.

Kieran Bennett 7

Debutant who grew into the game after an uneasy start, making one memorable catch near the end.

Conor Gleeson 8

A combative presence on Conor Lehane, he scored a magnificent point prior to his red card.

Philip Mahony 8

Saw off Luke Meade by the break and executed his clearances with such delicate and careful brush strokes. Always in the mix.

Jamie Barron 9

This man of perpetual motion just never rested, popping up for 2-1 and won a crucial free early in the second half.

Kevin Moran 8

When so many around him were struggling, Moran provided four points and hard running that won a converted Mahony free early on.

Michael 'Brick' Walsh 8

Gave 14 years to Mark Coleman, but nothing else, with so many assists, frees and a goal. His 69th consecutive championship game - an institution.

Austin Gleeson 8

Out of the game for so long but then turned it with a brilliant steal and delivery for Jamie Barron's first goal and a thrilling individual goal of his own. But his helmet pull on Luke Meade casts a shadow for now.

Pauric Mahony 7

Finished with 0-8, three from play, but left scores out there, especially when the game was tight and tense.

Jake Dillon 6

Honest as ever in an isolated front-line, he had a hand in the goal and chased lost causes until his day was done.

Shane Bennett 6

Sublime pass for the first goal and some neat touches after but the 'can do more' sign remains.

Darragh Fives 9

The colour of the helmet changed but that was the only difference as Fives stepped in for Tadhg de Búrca and lorded it in the sweeping role.


The impact of the Waterford bench was always likely to give greater impetus. Maurice Shanahan (6) picked off a point, while Brian O'Halloran (6) was also on the mark. Tommy Ryan (6) brought energy, while Colin Dunford, who set up Barron's second goal, and Patrick Curran also contributed.

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