Cork v Tyrone: player ratings

Cork v Tyrone: player ratings
Luke Connolly scores a goal. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

MARK WHITE: Did well even when Tyonre squeezed up on his restarts. Nearly got caught with a short kick-out but made one quality save late on and pulled down another dangerous high delivery. 7 

KEVIN FLAHIVE: Had his hands full with Mattie Donnelly. Battled hard throughout. Always get the toughest marking assignments which reflects the management's faith in him. 6 

TOM CLANCY: His size and strength was a real asset in defence, particularly in the first half. Spent a lot of time up the field. 6 

STEPHEN CRONIN: Had been on the fringes this summer but stepped in as sweeper. Solid outing. Kept the ball moving. 7 

LIAM O'DONOVAN: A revelation all season. Carried possession with intent and tackled ferociously. Even in the closing stages he was cutting in behind the Tyrone rearguard. 8 

TOMÁS CLANCY: Picked up an early injury and replaced by Loughrey. 6 

MATTIE TAYLOR: Curled over a savage first half point and stretched the Red Hand at times with his raids down the left flank. 8

IAN MAGUIRE: Monstrous first half, cutting down the centre a number of times. Forced turnovers with his work-rate and intensity. 8 

KILLIAN O'HANLON: Back after injury, he took the game to Tyrone repeatedly. Lost a few balls but also fouled for two converted frees. 7 

KEVIN O'DRISCOLL: Shone against Dublin but wasn't as involved in the big moments in this game. 6 

SEAN WHITE: Handled as much possession as anyone. Developing into a decent link-man. 7 

RUAIRÍ DEANE: Set up a goal and opened up space with his trademark shimmies. He's been ultra-consistent across the championship. 7 

LUKE CONNOLLY: Top scorer and the primary attacking threat until Micheal Hurley's arrival. Rushed a goal chance in the second half but very good overall and covered huge ground. 8 

MARK COLLINS: Struggled to get a decent supply close to goal and took a few bad options. 6 

BRIAN HURLEY: Like Collins wasn't given the freedom to offer a scoring threat and ended up tracking very deep.

Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Tyrone's negative tactics are designed to stifle a forward like the Rebel number 14. 6 

SUBS:

JAMES LOUGHREY: Smashed in a goal of the year contender and relished his roaming commission as an early sub for the injured Tomás Clancy. 8 

PAUL KERRIGAN: After kicking three points against Dublin, unlucky not to start. Didn't have the 'impact-sub' influence Cork needed. 6 

MICHAEL HURLEY: Deserves to be in from the off against the Rossies after following up his 0-2 against the Dubs with four from play. A danger every time he got the ball in his hands. 8 

SEAN POWTER: It was terrific to see him on the field after his injury woes. Lively but never got possession on the overlap. 6 

JOHN O'ROURKE: Another player returning from injury, he lobbed over a neat point. 7

STEVEN SHERLOCK: Late cameo. 6

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