Saturday 25 November 2017

Tipperary ratings

7 Brendan Cummins

Tipperary's most experienced player delivered the perfect response to Richie Power's goal with a converted long-range free, his first in 62 championship appearances. What a time to get it.

7 Paddy Stapleton

The measure of the worth of the Tipperary corner-backs is the departure of their direct opponents. In Stapleton's case, Aidan Fogarty went after 54 minutes. Stapleton cleared ball after ball efficiently.

8 Paul Curran

For someone who is thought to be more favourably disposed to the role of corner-back this was some effort, particularly in the second half when his warrior like traits came to the fore.

7 Michael Cahill

An aggravating presence for any corner-forward, just as he would want to be. Went about his business quietly, but what an impact. Eddie Brennan failed to score. His blocking and covering were immense.

7 Declan Fanning

For a brief spell in the first half Eoin Larkin had a run on him, but he re-asserted himself and once Tipperary regained control -- on the back of their second and third goals -- he was back in economy drive again.

7 Conor O'Mahony

Departed the scene in the 57th minute, but by then he had contributed as much as any Tipperary defender to setting such strong physical parameters for Kilkenny to operate within.

9 Padraic Maher

This young man was a star coming into the game, but he took himself closer to that galaxy occupied by his two rival wing-backs. Made the game look easy, espec-ially when hurling final 15 minutes at centre-back.

8 Brendan Maher

For most of the first half, he was arguably Tipperary's most influential player, his innate toughness helping to dictate terms. Fired over two impressive points early on to help his side build a six-point lead.

7 Shane McGrath

Set the tone early on with a driving run for the free that Eoin Kelly opened the scoring with and then that probing, inviting ball for Corbett to fetch for the first goal.

7 Gearoid Ryan

Introducing Ryan after the Cork defeat has been one of the managerial master strokes Tipp can take credit for. Cleared from defence before Corbett's second goal and set up Seamus Callanan's first point.

9 Lar Corbett

The probable 'hurler of the year' on the back of this performance, a rare All-Ireland final hat-trick. Operated between centre-forward and full-forward, where his pace and fielding were a serious threat.

6 Patrick Maher

If 'Bonner' Maher did nothing else except try to frustrate Tommy Walsh, then he can be satisfied with his day's work. Selfless and brave beyond his years and physique.

6 Eoin Kelly

Flawless free taking from Kelly with seven from seven, though the space he thrived on against Waterford was largely denied by Jackie Tyrrell. His work-rate and consistent showing for the ball was typical.

7 Noel McGrath

For a long time another All-Ireland final looked to be passing by the young tyro, but his intelligent pass for Corbett's second goal was quickly followed by his own instinctive finish. Dropped deeper to effect late on.

6 John O'Brien

When Tipperary were on top early on, O'Brien showed opportunism for two points but eventually made way for Seamus Callanan.

Four of Tipperary's last five points came from the bench with Seamus Callanan (7) making the greatest impact. Benny Dunne (6) got one to atone for last year's sending off, while Seamus Hennessy also chipped in after taking over from Brendan Maher.Manager rating

8 Liam Sheedy

Tipperary is a hard environment to be a manager, but Sheedy has had the ambition to take it on. His 'leave nothing to chance'approach worked, so too did his substitutions.

Substitutes

Four of Tipperary’s last five points came from the bench with SeamusCallanan(7)making the greatest impact. Benny Dunne(6)got one to atone for last year’s sending off, while SeamusHennessy also chipped in after taking over from Brendan Maher.

Irish Independent

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