Rebel ratings: How the Cork hurlers performed against the Déise

Rebel ratings: How the Cork hurlers performed against the Déise
Official Man of the Match Mark Coleman scores a sideline cut. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Éamonn Murphy rates the Rebels who delivered a Munster semi-final win over Waterford.

ANTHONY NASH: Outstanding. Offered leadership, a dazzling array of puck-outs and aerial strength from start to finish. 9

COLM SPILLANE: Unfortunate to pick up a second yellow card late on by over-committing to a challenge. Otherwise solid enough and had an assist. 6

DAMIEN CAHALANE: A warrior. Pure and simple. He went toe to toe with Maurice Shanahan and was the last man standing. 9

Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

STEPHEN McDONNELL: Terrific in the second half. His reading of the play and tackling completely shut down the Waterford inside line. 8

CHRIS JOYCE: Another teak-tough display from the northsider. Hard, honest hurling is what he brings. Exactly what’s needed in the half-back line too. 8

MARK ELLIS: A powerhouse. Pauric Mahony drifting outfield and rifled over lovely points, but Ellis shut down the centre apart from an unlucky break for the goal. 9

MARK COLEMAN: His hurling is so crisp he appears effortless in everything he does. Hoovered up ball in the air and on the deck, he also arrowed over that amazing sideline. Scary fact, he’s not 20 until December. Official Sunday Game Man of the Match. 9

BILL COOPER: A total work-horse but that’s meant as a compliment. He did the heavy lifting throughout, while also firing a fine point. 8

DARRAGH FITZGIBBON: Like the last game he started like a train before fading a bit. Chipped in with a point and couple of clever assists. 7

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

LUKE MEADE: Found it hard to get into the game the way he did against Tipp. Still contributed, with an assist and hard-tackling. 6

CONOR LEHANE: A sensational contribution from a player who couldn’t train in the build-up and was clearly restricted in his movement. Four points from play, all of them class. 9

SHANE KINGSTON: Like fellow U21 Meade he was peripheral at times, though also unlucky a couple of good efforts were just wide. 6

ALAN CADOGAN: The sliotar simply wouldn’t bounce for the Douglas dynamo yet he managed to pilfer a vital point when the game was there to be won. 7

SEAMUS HARNEDY: An inspiration as the fulcrum of the attack. His two points were quality, but his true worth was shown in his ball-winning, passing and strength at the business end of the contest. 9

Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

PATRICK HORGAN: He’s shot bigger tallies but yesterday was about his overall contribution. Very much had the edge on his old foe Noel Connors. 8

SUBS:

MICHAEL CAHALANE: Hit a tasty point and was always a threat. 7

LUKE O’FARRELL: Full of running and chipped in with a score. 7

DANIEL KEARNEY: Buzzed around tellingly and was fouled for a converted free. 7

BRIAN LAWTON:

Added energy in the finish. 6

DEAN BROSNAN: Late cameo. 6.

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