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All-Ireland SFC semi-final - how the Mayo players rated

Colm Boyle was Mayo's best player in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin. Picture by Sportsfile
Neil Loughran
Rob Hennelly: Caught in possession on an early foray up the field. Saw six kick-outs in-a-row come straight back at him as the Dubs ran riot in that golden period after the break. 5.5
Brendan Harrison: Had a good battle with Mannion in the first half, and probably broke about even. Left in the shade after the break as the Kilmacud man showed his class. 6.5
Chris Barrett: Did well. Kept Dean Rock scoreless from play. 7
Colm Boyle: Mayo’s best player. Came flying out of the blocks, forcing turnovers, winning breaks, bombing forward and scoring the best point of the first half. Eventually withdrawn. 7.5
Stephen Coen: Limited the influence of Ciaran Kilkenny to an extent but was given the slip when the Castleknock man played in O’Callaghan for Dublin’s first goal. 6.5
Lee Keegan: Kept O'Callaghan quiet enough in general, but slipped at the vital moment for his first goal and was simply left for dead for the Cuala star's second. Scored a goal himself, but the game was gone by then. 6
Donal Vaughan: A surprise starter, and was outworked by the dogged Scully before being replaced before half-time. 6
Aidan O’Shea: Played a deep-lying role and had an excellent first half. Ended up being moved into full-forward, but all was lost by then. 6.5
Seamus O’Shea: Battled hard in the first half, but Mayo were cleaned out around the middle in the 12 minutes that ultimately mattered after the break. 6
Matthew Ruane: Rash in the tackle and found Fenton hard to handle early on after making his return from injury. Grew into the game towards the end of the first half but, like the rest, struggled in the second half. 6
Fionn McDonagh: Had a decent battle with John Small but weeks on the road caught up with him. 6
Diarmuid O’Connor: Did well when moved onto Fenton in the first half but, understandably after being sidelined for so long, faded as the game wore on. 6
Paddy Durcan: The hero of Castlebar started well, kicking two points and added Jack McCaffrey to the list of names - which includes Ryan McHugh and Shane Walsh - that he has neutralised and held scoreless this summer. However, dropped a shot short at the start of the second half, with the Dubs going up the other end and scoring their first goal. 7
James Carr: Had the beating of Byrne when isolated on him and looked dangerous at times, but all too often chose the wrong option, running into traffic. 6.5
Cillian O’Connor: Worked hard in the first half and accurate as ever from frees, but drifted out of it and shown a second yellow late on for a challenge on Byrne that was borne of pure frustration. 6
Keith Higgins: Struggled as Scully had more of a say on the attacking side of the Dublin game after the break. 6
Kevin McLoughlin: Thrives on space but by the time he came on there was none. 6
Andy Moran: Buzzed about but unable to make any impact as Mayo chased a lost cause. 6
Eoin O’Donoghue: Held up Kilkenny for third Dublin goal but couldn’t stop him finding Fenton, who finished with aplomb. 6
Tom Parsons: Not on long enough top be rated but, even in defeat, his return from such a horrific injury is one of the stories of the summer.
Fergal Boland: Not on long enough to be rated.

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