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Ulster SFC quarter-final - Derry v Tyrone: How Derry rated

Neil Loughran

Ben McKinless: Kick-outs were impressive, though a few aimed at Emmett McGuckin were gobbled up by Conall McCann in the first half. Looked confident on his Championship debut. 7.5

Niall Keenan: Another making his Championship bow and after a nervy start, caught in possession by Peter Harte just a few minutes in, was superb – especially when switched on to early danger man Mark Bradley. Produced a last-gasp save on the line to deny Aidan McCrory. 8

Brendan Rogers: Fared better than last year, keeping Sean Cavanagh to one point from play, though the Moy man was still influential as he pulled Rogers out the field. 6.5

Karl McKaigue: Endured a tough opening quarter of an hour as Mark Bradley was central to all Tyrone's best work. Eventually moved on to Peter Harte and kept him relatively quiet. 6

Ciaran McFaul: First game of the year, and was a lively presence. Picked up a yellow card for dissent after conceding a soft-looking free as Sean Cavanagh burst through. 6.5

Chrissy McKaigue: He and Mattie Donnelly largely cancelled each other out, and were involved in a tussle when the Trillick man appeared to strike McKaigue. Derry could have done with a few of the Slaughtneil man's trademark runs from deep. 6

Carlus McWilliams: Derry's free man, he didn't get see much of the ball as the game largely passed him by. Scored a nice point late on but by that stage the gig was up. 5.5

Emmett McGuckin: Started at midfield but didn't get on the ball much as Conall McCann ran the show. 6

Conor McAtamney: Tasked with picking up Niall Sludden and did okay at times, though the Dromore man grew in influence as the game progressed. 6

Ryan Bell: Got on the ball and tried to get Derry going but cut a frustrated figure in the main. Kicked a couple of wides in the first half as the Oak Leafs attempted to keep pace with the Red Hands. 6

Danny Heavron: Well shackled by Rory Brennan, though he did land a great score from 50 metres out in the first half. Came into the game briefly in the second half but fizzled out with Derry's challenge. 6

Niall Loughlin: Caught the eye in the first half, causing Tiernan McCann plenty of problems, but influence waned as the game wore on. Worked hard throughout. 7

Enda Lynn: Only really came into the game in the second half when Derry looked to mount a comeback, his pace temporarily giving Tyrone a headache. Didn't see enough of him. 6.5

Danny Tallon: The talented Maghera forward just didn't see enough ball. Frustrating day. 6

Benny Heron: Worked hard but missed a couple of frees at crucial times in the game. 6


Mark Lynch: Came on as Derry closed the gap but unable to make a difference. 6

Shane McGuigan: Scored a free but by that stage Tyrone were well in control. 6

Michael McEvoy: Unable to stem the Tyrone tide after being introduced late on. 6

Gavin O'Neill: Derry were fire-fighting by the time of his arrival. 6

Conor Nevin: Not on long enough to be rated.

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