Cork v Kerry player ratings

Cork v Kerry player ratings
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

MARK WHITE: Made a great first-half interception in the square to deny Kerry a certain goal and also saved from Gavin White. His kick-outs were generally very accurate. 8

NATHAN WALSH: Was settling into the game when he picked up an injury before the break that forced him off. 6

JAMES LOUGHREY: Got the better of Paul Geaney, who has held to a point from play and ended up sent off. Also scooted forward for a second-half point. 7

KEVIN FLAHIVE: Was given the most demanding task of them all, trying to keep tabs on David Clifford. Not easy but he did break a number of deliveries away from the Kerry dynamo. 6

LIAM O'DONOVAN: The Clon rookie has come a long way in 12 months when he was a raw U20. Carried possession well and with a bit more confidence could have had a few scores. 7

TOMÁS CLANCY: A late call-up and another who had an unenviable job. Sean O'Shea caused problems throughout but Clancy gave him plenty of it too. 6

MATTIE TAYLOR: His blinding pace was a real asset when Cork were running the ball. Broke through on a few occasions and covered well defensively too. 7

KILLIAN O'HANLON: Inexperienced at this level but still managed to get the better of the highly-rated Jack Barry, who was withdrawn. Fouled for a crucial penalty. 8

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

IAN MAGUIRE: A very mature display in going toe-to-toe with David Moran. Grabbed possession in the air and also sprayed some telling passes inside, including an assist for Brian Hurley's goal. 7

PAUL KERRIGAN: Still going strong. His shooting wasn't as good as it can be but his work-rate was incredible. 6

SEÁN WHITE: He wasn't originally listed on the squad but started as a deep-lying number 11 and was heavily involved until he, literally, ran out of steam. Nabbed a point too. 7

RUAIRÍ DEANE: Absolutely thundered into the game from the second quarter on. Developing into one of the best half-forwards in the country and a leader for Cork. Could have had two goals. 8

LUKE CONNOLLY: Raised a couple of green flags and showed an appetite to track back, in the second half, he wouldn't be generally known for. 7

BRIAN HURLEY: Very dangerous, scoring a goal and fouled for two converted frees. With a better supply and sharper refereeing, he would have done more damage. 7

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

MARK COLLINS: Nailed his frees and curled over two wonderful scores from play. Took a few wrong options in the first half but led from the front excellently. 8

SUBS: Kevin O'Donovan 7, Kevin O'Driscoll 7, Michael Hurley 6, Steven Sherlock 6, Aidan Browne 6, Stephen Cronin 6.

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