Cork v Dublin: Player ratings from the All-Ireland football quarter-final

Seán Powter, Ian Maguire and Brian Hurley were among those to impress in red, their experience proving key at Croke Park
Cork v Dublin: Player ratings from the All-Ireland football quarter-final

Brian Hayes of Cork consoles team-mate Ian Maguire at Croke Park. Picture: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

MICHEÁL AODH MARTIN: Decent display again. Wasn't forced into a save and was as consistent as he could be from kick-outs given the Dubs' high press. 7

KEVIN O’DONOVAN:  MVP against Limerick, this was another encouraging showing, a blend of good tackling and support running from defence. 7

MAURICE SHANLEY: Great to have the Clon club man fit and anchoring the Cork defence again. 7

PAUL RING: Brought into the starting 15 to give Cork more natural defensive cover, sacrificing a forward. Tackled tenaciously. 6

SEÁN POWTER: Like Shanley, he's had his injury woes but he made some big plays in Croke Park as he's done all campaign. A fan favourite and unfortunate not to snatch a second-half point. 8

JOHN COOPER: A physical and direct wing-back, this was another good showing from a promising rookie season. 6

RORY MAGUIRE: Very good first half, where his size and athleticism were integral to Cork's competitiveness in that period. 7

MATTIE TAYLOR: Handed one of the toughest assignments on Jones Road, marking Ciarán Kilkenny. Stuck with him gamely yet Kilkenny thieved 0-3, which shows how good the Dublin dynamo is.  6

IAN MAGUIRE: Massive showing on his return to Croker. Very good in the air and clever in possession. 

Only pity was he couldn't convert a couple of second-half chances. 8

COLM O’CALLAGHAN: Held his own for long spells at midfield against Brian Fenton. 6

JOHN O’ROURKE: Lively first half, collecting a lot of possession in the middle third and clipping a point. Ran himself into the ground. 6

EOGHAN McSWEENEY: Like O'Rourke the Knocknagree club man was heavily involved early on, kicking a fine score before fading in the second half. 6

STEVEN SHERLOCK: Arrowed over a smashing point from play and saw another rebound from the post. Miscued a couple of placed balls and picked up a knock in the second half. 6

BRIAN HURLEY: Really dangerous in the first period until Dublin got on top to cut off the supply. Two lovely points and fouled for a free. 7

CATHAIL O’MAHONY: Tuned in from the opening exchanges when he split the posts. Also had an assist and was fouled for two converted frees. 7


Sean Meehan, Daniel Dineen, Brian Hayes, Cian Kiely, Blake Murphy:  Meehan made a welcome early return from injury and along with Cian Kiely got on a bit of ball. 

Dineen was fouled for an O'Mahony free. 

Cork might have gambled a bit earlier by introducing Hayes as a target man inside. 7

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