Kerry ratings: Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Paul Murphy give flat Kerry their punch

Shane Ryan: 88 per cent return on his kickouts, bailed out by Cillian Burke on a long one that fell well short. Kicked a wide. Solid in the air. Untroubled. 6.5

Paul Murphy: A serious man to break the opposition press, Murphy is just so good at punching holes all over the park. Boundless energy than even Ethan Doherty struggled to match. 7.5

Jason Foley: For the second year running had a nightmare with Shane McGuigan. Had conceded three from play and then fouled for McGuigan’s fourth before being moved across to Lachlan Murray. 5.5

Tom O’Sullivan: Set the tone in his first contest with Murray, getting tight and physical and forcing his man back. Wasn’t given a huge pile of bother defensively, Murray tracked him well going the other way. 6

STAR MAN: Brian Ó Beaglaoich: Has grown from not getting his place into one of Kerry’s key men. Ran the game for them, adding real value at the times when they were struggling for ideas to break Derry down. 8

Tadhg Morley: One loose pass early on that led to a Derry score on the break. Quiet afternoon. 6

Gavin White: Had an early goal chance brilliantly blocked by McGuigan. Had moments of influence but not a huge pile of them, was earmarked as a huge threat by Derry and largely nullified. 6.5

Diarmuid O’Connor: Popped up in a lot of the game’s big moments. Struggled at times with Brendan Rogers but produced a couple of great turnovers and got through a big shift. 7

Joe O’Connor: Derry dropped off him, with Conor Glass sitting deep and allowing O’Connor freedom that he didn’t really exploit. 6

Tony Brosnan: Danced and pirouetted a bit around the fringes, took Diarmuid Baker for one lovely dummy and score just as he was taken off. Plenty of ball with probably a lack of end product. 6.5

Paudie Clifford: Might not have expected it to be Conor Doherty but didn’t find that any easier than he had Conor McCluskey last year. Always wants to kick and his channels were all blocked up, nullifying his threat. 6

Sean O’Shea: Smart play to punch a ball going dead back into play for Joe O’Connor to point. A few uncharacteristic misses in front of the posts, finishing with just one from play. 6.5

Dara Moynihan: Derry’s setup didn’t suit his game either, another who likes to look up and kick. Had nowhere to kick it and Gareth McKinless on his case. 5.5

David Clifford: Started really brightly, taking on McKaigue to point before catching a brilliant mark, but was quiet from then on. Dropped deeper as it went on, passed on to Rogers for a lot of it, but mostly a frustrating day. 6.5

Paul Geaney: Kicked a fine point over the block of Conor McCluskey. Was never going to get inside the Magherafelt man for pace but still showed really well as a link and brought Kerry up the pitch a lot with it. 6.5


Cillian Burke: His energy trumped his decision making. Brought a bit of directness and committed men in a tiring Derry defence, assisting for two points. 7

Killian Spillane: His left-footed score that pushed Kerry two ahead signalled the beginning of the game’s end. 6.5

Dylan Geaney: Cut in and sealed the deal with the final score, goal was there but sensible option. 6.5

Adrian Spillane: Not on long enough to be rated.

Mike Breen: Not on long enough to be rated.