Monday 19 March 2018

Clare player ratings

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Patrick Kelly

Heroic for most of the game with his saves from Kearney and Nash, yet he still conceded three goals and could have placed his team in real danger when he conceded that sideline late on.

Domhnall O'Donovan

What a time to score your first ever championship point. O'Donovan's name will be indelibly linked with this final. Started the game like a train with his 'play from the front' style.

David McInerney

Had a spell in the first half when he looked unbeatable and met Horgan with one memorable challenge but being penalised for overcarrying stifled him a little thereafter. Not as composed in second half.

Cian Dillon

Like his colleagues in the full-back line, he was a dynamic and forceful presence in the opening quarter as he tracked Patrick Horgan but the Cork full-forward eventually found a way into the game.

Brendan Bugler

Clare's bulwark during a rocky period in the second half when Colin Ryan missed his frees. Won three consecutive balls and claimed a late Cork puck-out to underline second-half dominance at centre-back.

Pat Donnellan

In the new order, Donnellan switched to midfield where he grafted hard but never really had the same impact on this game as he has had in his previous two as sweeper. Set up one of Conor McGrath's points.

Pat O'Connor

Switched wings as Clare re-aligned beforehand and was dominant in the opening half. Maintained a steady, consistent involvement throughout the second half.

Colm Galvin

Tidy, efficient, industrious and full of neat touches best exemplified by the pass that led to Tony Kelly's third point. Enjoyed a great joust with his kindred spirit Daniel Kearney.

Conor Ryan

Man of the match thanks to a commanding aerial performance that saw him come to claim Cork puck-outs time and time again. Chipped in with an inspirational point at a critical period.

John Conlon

Back to form after some indifferent outings since these teams last met. Conlon was a forceful presence from early on and contributed two points in a busy afternoon.


Scored three points and was generally a hive of activity as he enjoyed a more productive day against Cork than he had done in June. Great striking off either side.

Colin Ryan

Recovered very well after a brief dip when he missed two consecutive frees. From general play he was hugely efficient. Executed one stylish back pass to Collins who was fouled for one of his 11 frees.

Podge Collins

Ran the Cork defence ragged as he helped himself to three points and was fouled for three more that Ryan converted. His swivelled point in the 44th minute was the game's outstanding piece of play.

Darach Honan

How much the strike to the head by Shane O'Neill affected him is hard to gauge but with the game's opening point, he threatened much. Had one ground shot saved well by Nash.

Conor McGrath

Showed boundless energy to win frees and score two crucial points. His defensive work was reflected in the manner in which he chased down Christopher Joyce and dispossessed him at the end.


Cathal McInerney had a shot off the crossbar which Podge Collins almost followed up on, Nicky O'Connell laid off the last pass to O'Donovan. Fergal Lynch was Clare's third substitute. None were on long enough to be rated.

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