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How Tyrone players rated versus Dublin

Connor McAliskey grabbed 0-5 against Dublin and put himself in the frame for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry

Tyrone ratings

Compiled by Brendan Crossan.

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Benny Gallen: Tyrone’s best player. His restarts were much slower than Dublin’s, but his kick-outs were brilliant. Wand of a left foot. His reflexes were sharp too after bravely denying Cormac Costello a goal. 8

Ciaran McLaughlin: Playing on home soil, the Omagh man showed great endeavour and proved a sticky marker. Had spells on Paddy Andrews and Cormac Costello and was impressive. 7

Padraig Hampsey: Given 35 minutes to stretch his legs and any meaningful defending there was to do against Paddy Andrew and Kevin McManamon he did it well. 6

Liam Rafferty: A diligent performance in both halves from the Galbally clubman. Had a second half spell on Dairmuid Connolly and quelled his threat. 7

Tiarnan McCann: The Killyclogher man’s shooting was a bit wayward and he found the roving Sean Bugler tough to track. Still short of his best form. 5.5

Aidan McCrory: You know what you’re getting with the Errigal Ciaran man. Didn’t make many mistakes against numerous opponents, although Bernard Brogan’s movement caused him a bit of trouble late on. 6

Michael Cassidy: A slight surprise the Ardboe man started given that he’s close to being first choice. Played the free man role well. Alert, full of energy and was keen to nail down a spot against Kerry, but appeared to limp off with a hip injury. 6.5

Ben McDonnell: The Errigal Ciaran man is better going forward than he is defending. Still fouls too readily, but given his versatility virtually assured of being in the match-day squad against Kerry. 6

Declan McClure: Probably gave Diarmuid Connolly too much space in the early stages but as the game wore on competed better in the middle. 6

Richard Donnelly: A mixed day. Hit a couple of poor kick passes and fumbled one or two balls, but then swings a couple of beauties over Dublin’s crossbar. The fact that he’s a scoring threat from deep pushes him into contention. 7

Kyle Coney: Didn’t have too many possessions in the first half but got his hands on more ball in the second half and invariably gave the right pass. Hit two second-half frees. 6

Conan Grugan: Been on the fringes of the Tyrone senior team, but has plenty of talent. Rangy left foot that could come in handy. 6.5

David Mulgrew: The Ardboe attacker was perpetual motion without managing to escape Jonny Cooper too often. 6

Connor McAliskey: Left Rory O’Carroll in a tail spin and looked like a player keen to force his way back into Mickey Harte’s starting line-up. Good movement and bagged three from play. 7.5

Conal McCann: Desperately unlucky not to score after his persistent run led to his clipped effort coming off the underside of the Dublin crossbar. Not a bad target man if his manager is looking one. 7

Subs:

Hugh Pat McGeary: Came in for Hampsey at the break and mostly minded Paddy Andrews. 6

Rory Brennan: Two bad wides but showed enthusiasm to get up that far to be a scoring threat. 6

Brian Kennedy: Brought more direct running to Tyrone’s middle third. 6.5

Darren McCurry: Almost certain to start against Kerry after pointing late on. 6

Michael McKernan: Defended well. Strong chance of starting next week. 6

Niall Sludden: Nabbed a point late on. 5

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