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Mayo ratings: 2020 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final: Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15

Dublin’s Brian Fenton and Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor in action during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park, Dublin on December 19 2020. Picture by Philip Walsh

2020 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final: Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15

MAYO RATINGS
David Clarke: Came in under scrutiny and went out with an enhanced reputation. Mayo’s work on his kickouts was excellent. Might be disappointed to not to have stopped O’Callaghan’s goal. 7.5

Chris Barrett: Had to step across and leave Rock on the early goal. Did a sterling job for the rest of the game, keeping his man scoreless and to just a single shot (wide) in open play. 8

Paddy Durcan: That he was playing full-back ought to have been a sign there was something wrong but there were no signs as he held Ciaran Kilkenny in a tight grip for 35 minutes. Massively missed when forced off at the break with injury. 8

Lee Keegan: Had firm control of his first half battle with Paddy Small barring the first free conceded. A big attacking outlet in the second half. Took the huge hit from Fitzsimons well and was unlucky no free came at a big moment in the game. Kept going. 8

Stephen Coen: Had a comfortable first half in which he got the better of Sean Bugler. Had to shipped to full-back in the second half and although he got up to score a mark himself, he struggled to cope with Ciaran Kilkenny. 6.5

Oisin Mullin: For RTÉ to have given Con O’Callaghan man of the match was very harsh on Mullin. Dominated the battle for 20 minutes, winning three kickouts and leading Mayo’s early recovery. Slipped a few times at key moments but defended heroically at times. 8

Eoghan McLaughlin: Found the intelligence of Niall Scully a step up. Had one big attacking chance that he spilled when almost in on goal. Defensively lost at times. 6

Diarmuid O’Connor: For a long time he did an outstanding job on Brian Fenton. Broke everything. Worked harder than any man on the field. But just couldn’t contend in the air on those big moments when Fenton commanded the game. 7.5

Matthew Ruane: Fared decent around the middle on kickouts. Had a couple of runs at Dublin’s heart that created chances but his finishing was off. 6

Kevin McLoughlin: Didn’t really drop back as an extra defender as often as expected and was more heavily involved in attacking moves. A solid performance without any real edge. 6.5

Ryan O’Donoghue: Had some excellent moments, including two great points, and some where his inexperience showed. Took Dublin on and was an excellent link-man at 11, popping a lot of ball off. Even won a couple of kickouts, but got turned over several times too. 7.5

Conor Loftus: Floated between midfield and the half-forward line. Scored one fine fisted point on the overlap. Mad swipe at a goal early in the second half when a point was the option. 6

Tommy Conroy: The first All-Ireland final occasion unfortunately got to him. Well marshalled by first Murchan then Byrne, he missed three shots from scoreable positions in the first half and got caught defensively at times too. 5

Aidan O’Shea: As expected played closer to the middle than full-forward barring occasional spells inside. Effective at midfield, won a couple of frees inside and perhaps not as many as he should have. 6.5

Cillian O’Connor: Had six points, two of them from play and one a well-worked mark, before he hooked an easy and critical free wide. Stepped out when he was the last man defensively, allowing the opening for Dublin’s second goal. Muted second half as Mayo failed to provide any ball to him. 7.5

Subs
Michael Plunkett:
Came in as sat as the sweeper straight away but to no real effect, though that was partly a sideline failing. 6

James Carr: Never really got into it to any significant degree. 5.5

Darren Coen: Had loads of ball in hand but was rash in his decision making and spurned three chances that could have given Mayo hope. 6

Jordan Flynn: Minimal impact around the middle in the final 10 minutes. 5.5

James Durcan: Not on long enough to be rated.

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