Sport Hurling

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Kilkenny Ratings

6 PJ Ryan

The hero of last year was helpless as Tipperary hit him for four goals, none of which he really had a chance with. He gifted Gearoid Ryan a point through a misplaced handpass under pressure.

7 John Dalton

Slow to get into it, but held his nerve under the early Tipperary barrage and was hurling much more freely after the break when he cleared a significant amount of ball.

5 Noel Hickey

Caught badly for Lar Corbett's first goal when he misjudged Shane McGrath's delivery and was disconcerted after that -- with Seamus Callanan adding to the woe late on.

7 Jackie Tyrrell

Probably shaded his battle with Eoin Kelly when they shared space and tried as hard as anyone to get Kilkenny going, getting forward to set up a point for Derek Lyng in the second half.

7 Tommy Walsh

Got going for a few minutes just after half-time, but Tipperary did their utmost to keep ball -- especially puck outs -- away from him and it resulted in one of his quietest days.

5 John Tennyson

The debate in Kilkenny will rage for months. Was he fit, wasn't he? He deserves high marks for being on the field given his condition, but Tipperary found gaps either side of him.

9 JJ Delaney

A Herculean effort from Delaney, easily Kilkenny's best player during their pressure spell in the first half. His capacity to field puck-outs is quite amazing for his stature.

6 James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick

Renowned for his ability to influence a game in its third quarter but this time it didn't come for him and his striking was always under pressure. Replaced by Derek Lyng.

8 Michael Fennelly

Had a storming second half, driving incessantly at the Tipperary half-back line and winning crucial yards and frees to keep the battle alive. If there is a consolation, he's had a fine season.

7 TJ Reid

A curious decision to take the captain off at a time when he looked to be really exerting an influence, having posted three second-half points, including one from a sideline, to level just after the break.

Henry Shefflin

One way or another, the gamble with Shefflin did not pay off. However, he had been hurling well until his departure, just after Tipperary's opening goal from Corbett. Not on long enough to be rated. Eoin Larkin

7 Eoin Larkin

Worked tirelessly to bring Kilkenny back into the game in the first half. He might regret not taking a point in the 60th minute to reduce to the gap to three. Instead he over-ran from a good position.

5 Eddie Brennan

missed an early half-chance created by Larkin and once he failed to get ball under control with his back to goal just after half-time, the clock was ticking. Limited impact, poor season.

8 Richie Power

Once again he stepped up to the responsibility when Shefflin had to retire, grabbing the lifeline goal. Missed opportunities in good positions to make an even greater impact, however.

5 Aidan Fogarty

An early point suggested promise, but found Paddy Stapleton an uncom-promising opponent. Never likely to prosper as Kilkenny opted to drop ball down on top of their full-forward line.

Michael Rice (6) came in for Shefflin after 13 minutes, but didn't make the same impact as 12 months ago. Derek Lyng (6) brought drive for the last 20 minutes.


Richie Hogan (5) set up a point.

John Mulhall (6) scored one point.

Martin Comerford (5) wasn't the game breaker this time.

7 Manager rating

Brian Cody

For his dignity in defeat, Cody rates as high as ever, but in Kilkenny they'll focus on Shefflin's selection and TJ Reid's substitution. Still, seven All-Irelands in 12 years softens any blow.

Irish Independent

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