Thursday 14 December 2017

Cork ratings

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Anthony Nash

Scored a goal from a 20-metre free, missed a penalty, saved another certain goal, got a timely late interception to deny Podge Collins. Routine afternoon for a goalkeeper who lives life in the fast lane.Stephen McDonnell

For so long was snatching at thin air in his efforts to suppress Podge Collins. Finally caught him with one crunching tackle in the lead-up to the Cork penalty but it was a stressful afternoon, especially in possession. Shane O'Neill

A stone-wall red card for what he did to Darach Honan in the first half. That said, he had an outstanding opening 15 minutes and was the glue that held a creaking defence together at times yesterday.Conor O'Sullivan

His nous for reading broken play was very much in evidence. Set up Horgan's first point from play, got in a brilliant block on Colin Ryan, but struggled with Conor McGrath's footwork and elusive streak.

Brian Murphy

The mark of Murphy was reflected in the point he scored just before half-time as Tony kelly had picked off his second just beforehand. Never on top in their duel this time.

Christopher Joyce

Made a surging run near the end that Conor McGrath brought to an end but another who was too long on the periphery as his man, Colin Ryan, enjoyed far greater productivity.

William Egan

Not the prominent force Cork needed him to be as Clare won their own puck-outs by 15-8. John Conlon picked two points off him but he was stronger in the final quarter.

Lorcan McLoughlin

Not at the pitch he was against Kilkenny or Dublin, particularly going forward. Another for whom the game just passed him by.

Daniel Kearney

Denied a goal by Pat Kelly's wonderful save, he was one of the few Cork players to thrive in the first half with his runs breaking from a congested midfield. Picked off two points before succumbing to injury.Seamus Harnedy

Got Cork's opening point, scored another, fouled for the penalty and was their only real aerial threat across a badly beaten half-forward line. Yet Conor Ryan won their head-to-head battle.Pa Cronin

The captain had been largely anonymous up to the 63rd minute when he showed patience and nerve to gather up Stephen Moylan's pass and turn on to his weaker right side to fire home Cork's third goal.Conor Lehane

Showed that blistering turn of pace of his for the goal that revitalised Cork's sagging challenge. Also scored a point, won a first-half free and won the puck-out that led to an equalising free in the 66th minute.Luke O'Farrell

Chased down Patrick Kelly to force the late sideline and earlier had won the free that led to the Nash goal. Struggled to find open road against David McInerney but grafted harder than ever.Patrick Horgan

Once again the economy of his shooting stands out, with 10 points (eight from frees) from 11 shots mirroring the returns he has been filing all season. Almost won the match with his second point from play late on.Jamie Coughlan

Another who didn't leave an obvious mark. Got in one important tackle that led to a Horgan free but replaced at half-time by Stephen Moylan and will be first to come under pressure for his place the next day.Substitutes

Stephen Moylan (7) was their most effective substitute, setting up Cronin for the goal, Cian McCarthy won a puck-out and a free just after coming on before going off again just eight minutes later through injury, while Cathal Naughton (6) gave badly needed impetus for 20 minutes. Stephen White was not on long enough to be rated.

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