Monday 11 December 2017

Player ratings: Cork

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Anthony Nash

Conceded five goals but couldn't do much about any of them. His goal from another thundering 20-metre free was a massive lift and he disrupted Clare dominance in the sky with lower puck-outs.

Stephen McDonnell

He switched out to centre-back where he picked up Tony Kelly and managed to restrict his possession count pretty impressively and stood up to a rampant Clare well. Stormed into the third quarter.

Shane O'Neill

A torrid evening for one of the game's most compact and experienced defenders. His positioning for Shane O'Donnell's third goal will vex him. Darach Honan's goal compounded everything.

Conor O'Sullivan

Too casual for Clare's second goal as Conor McGrath nicked possession, but O'Sullivan was immense until McGrath's goal when he erred again. He executed one brilliant steal on McGrath.

Brian Murphy

Cork's best defender alongside McDonnell and their most composed in the first half when they were under most pressure. Demonstrated his man-marking qualities against Podge Collins.

Christopher Joyce Operating at right-half-back, his display was a marked improvement on the drawn game, particularly in the second half when he seemed buoyed up by the collective will and steel of the Cork defence.

William Egan

In trouble almost from the first ball when John Conlon ghosted by him for the lead point. Never settled. Whipped off after 22 minutes for Stephen White, who brought a greater physical edge.

Lorcan McLoughlin Another to really raise his game from the last day. Scored an early point but should have added two more. Put his hand on much more ball and made himself a regular point of contact for defence.

Daniel Kearney

Was always struggling from the moment Pat Donnellan outstripped the cover for Clare's opening goal. No surprise not to see him return after an ineffective first half. No significant impact.

Seamus Harnedy Arguably Cork's most productive player. Scored 1-2, claimed possession off four puck-outs, won significant frees and didn't allow Conor Ryan to establish the same platform.

Cian McCarthy

The fruits of his labour didn't get tangible reward as not everything he tried came off, but still gave Cork a more robust edge to their half-forward line. Two bad wides stripped some polish from his day.

Pa Cronin

Limited possession the last day but thrived at full-forward this time where he provided an outlet to win four frees for Pat Horgan to convert, score a point and set up Stephen Moylan's goal.

Luke O'Farrell

When Cork look to the future, extracting more from this talent will be a priority. Teed up McLoughlin's early point but O'Farrell was peripheral after that as David McInerney took over.

Pat Horgan

Horgan trades in only one currency, so nine points, two from play, is another decent afternoon. He worked hard to win turnovers and force frees but will regret one bad wide off his left from general play.

Conor Lehane

Promised so much early on when scorching Domhnall O'Donovan for two points but Cork just didn't set him free often enough. His shot led to Harnedy's goal but had a bad miss in the 54th minute.

Substitutes

Stephen White (6) brought a more abrasive edge to Cork when he came on but fouled too much. Stephen Moylan (7) once again made a very telling impact with 1-1. Tom Kenny (5) got some decent ball pressing forward. Cathal Naughton (5) had a shot blocked by O'Donovan from a good position but worked hard. Kilian Murphy wasn't on long enough to be rated.

Irish Independent

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