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All-Ireland SFC semi-final - how Kerry rated

Neil Loughran

Brian Kelly: Brilliant against Galway but had little chance with Mayo’s two goals yesterday. Mixed up his kick-outs, going short mostly but targeting David Moran after the break. 7

Shane Enright: Pulled all over the place by the brilliant Andy Moran, he just couldn’t get to grips with the Mayo veteran who was constantly out in front all day. 5

Mark Griffin: Made one crucial intervention to deny Moran a second first half goal, but struggled with the waves of Mayo players coming his way. Withdrawn at half-time. 5.5

Killian Young: Burst forward to score a superb first half point when Kerry were temporarily on top but, like the whole full-back line, left exposed at times. 6.5

Peter Crowley: Had a good battle with Diarmuid O’Connor but was often bypassed as Mayo runners came through. 6

Tadhg Morley: Roved around, keeping an eye on Kevin McLoughlin in the first half, but moved on to Doherty after the break. 6.5

Paul Murphy: Had a running battle with player of the year Lee Keegan, and managed to limit the Westport man’s influence. Scored a point late on that looked like being the winning one. 7

David Moran: With a bandage around his head, Moran was a dog of war for Kerry yesterday. When the going got tough, he dug in, got on the ball and drove them forward. Unlucky not to score a goal. 7.5

Anthony Maher: Found Tom Parsons hard to handle. Withdrawn at half-time. 5.5

Michael Geaney: Pushed up on Mayo sweeper Keith Higgins from the off but the experienced defender was getting his hand in everywhere early on. Only lasted 21 minutes as a result before being replaced. 5

Johnny Buckley: Played as a third midfielder and worked hard. On the spot to score Kerry’s crucial second goal, but probably lost his personal duel with Donie Vaughan. 6.5

Stephen O'Brien: Found the energetic Colm Boyle for company, with both hitting the back of net in an eventful afternoon. Took his goal superbly. 7.5

Paul Geaney: Even in such horrible conditions, Geaney’s class shone through. Clever runs out to the wings opened the game up, and scored three tough frees against the wind in the first half and three from play after the break. 8

Kieran Donaghy: Might have been surprised to find himself matched up with Aidan O’Shea, and his greater awareness saw him just shade this battle. Scored a lovely first half point and provided the perfectly timed ball for O’Brien’s goal. 7

James O'Donoghue: Looked lively in the first half, looping around the outside of Donaghy several times to manufacture scoring opportunities but, although he scored one from play and two frees, the radar wasn’t totally switched on. 6.5

Substitutes

Jack Savage: Closed the space on Higgins better than Geaney had, but still second best. 6

Jonathan Lyne: Did well in helping shore up the Kerry back line, keeping the normally influential Kevin McLoughlin quiet. 7

Jack Barry: Found Parsons hard to keep up with as the Charlestown man bounded forward to score two points and was often in the thick of the action. 6

Darran O’Sullivan: Picked up a yellow in the dying minutes for a coming together with Vaughan. 6

Barry John Keane: Looked lively and scored a nice point. 6.5

Bryan Sheehan: Had the chance to snatch victory at the death but his usual dead-eyed accuracy deserted him. 6

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