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How the Kerry players rated against Donegal

Paul Geaney was superb for Kerry yesterday, scoring 1-4 from play. Picture by Seamus Loughran
Neil Loughran

Shane Ryan: Most of his kick-outs were like a Shane Lowry sand wedge, though one wayward effort was intercepted by Ryan McHugh and led to a late Michael Murphy point. 7

Jason Foley: Looked like he might have set Kerry on the road to victory when popping up with a 69th minute point. Found Gallen’s pace hard to deal with after the Ballybofey teenager was introduced. 7

Tadgh Morley: Started very well on McBrearty before the Kilcar man grew in confidence as the game wore on though and shaded this battle. 7

Tom O’Sullivan: With his electric pace, O’Sullivan was the obvious candidate to shackle the in-form Jamie Brennan and held him scoreless. Pushed forward in the second half, scoring a point and providing an assist for a Killian Spillane score. Great game. 8

Paul Murphy: Had a good battle with Eoin McHugh after being moved on to him, and landed what looked like the winning point for Kerry deep in added time. Michael Murphy, though, had other ideas. 7

Gavin Crowley: Had a quiet game but did made a superb first half interception to stop the ball reaching McBrearty in a dangerous position. Tired and taken off late on. 6

Gavin White: Struggled with Ryan McHugh, who was at his brilliant best. Eventually shown a black card for pulling McHugh down. 5.5

Shane Enright: Found the going tough against the superb Murphy. Came off a distant second best. 6

Diarmuid O’Connor: Without David Moran Kerry were nowhere near as dominant around the middle. O’Connor did okay but had little influence on the game. Withdrawn early in the second half. 6

Adrian Spillane: Didn’t reach the heights of Killarney seven days earlier but still showed flashes of the athleticism that has seen him force his way into Peter Keane’s side. 7

Sean O’Shea: Looked class at times, and won his battle with Eamonn Doherty, who was eventually taken off. His pass for Clifford’s chance at goal was a thing of beauty. 7.5

Killian Spillane: Started in the corner and his pace and directness caused problems for McFadden-Ferry early on. Scored a lovely second half point but faded. 7

Stephen O’Brien: His pace and power troubled Eoin McHugh, and it was no surprise when he later found Daire O Baoill for company instead. Scored three from play but conceded the penalty that led to Murphy’s goal after blocking off O Baoill. 8.5

David Clifford: Wasn’t at his best but still such a threat. Spurned an early goalscoring chance but improved in the second half. 7

Paul Geaney: Donegal missed Neil McGee as Geaney scored 1-4 from play. Looked sharp and took his goal well. May have been written off in some quarters but, on yesterday’s evidence, still has plenty to offer. 8.5

Substitutes

Jonathan Lyne: Replaced the black carded White but was also unable to contain McHugh. 6

Jack Sherwood: Was able to nip into space as the game opened up. Did pretty well. 6.6

Mark Griffin: Came on for the last 15 minutes but had little bearing. 6

Graham O’Sullivan: Not on long enough to be rated.

Miceal Burns: Not on long to be rated.

Tomas O Se: On for less than a minute in added time, but managed to pick up a red card in that time. 5

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