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How Tyrone rated...

Tyrone before the start of their Ulster SFC quarter-final against Cavan.
Pic Philip Walsh

Tyrone ratings:

Niall Morgan: Forced into mostly short kick-outs by Cavan's high press. Alert to any danger, although fortunate one rush out went unpunished. 6.5

Michael McKernan: Over on the left wing, did his defensive duties, then pushed forward with pace as the game went on. 7

Ronan McNamee: Strolled through the game until a silly loss of temper led to his red card. 6

Padraig Hampsey: The new captain was forceful in his containment of Allstar Thomas Galligan, leading the defensive effort commandingly. 7.5

Rory Brennan: Blotted out the usually dangerous Martin Reilly and then kept Conor Madden quiet. 7

Michael O'Neill: Struggled in his man-marking job on McKiernan but made more impact, aggressively securing possession. 6

Peter Harte: A difficult beginning against Pierson but increasingly influential going forward with some clever passing by both hand and boot. 7.5

Mattie Donnelly: Made little impact at full-forward but dropped deeper and did well, providing the final assist for the goal. 7

Conn Kilpatrick: An eye-catching high-catching debut, looking lively throughout. Lost some possession but also used it well with fine kick-passing. 8

Kieran McGeary: Cautioned early on and never really got going. Worked hard as ever but kicked a bad wide and was subbed at half-time. 5.5

Richie Donnelly: A sweet early score, a neat low kick-pass for a McCurry score, and a block all showcased his all-round ability before injury forced him off just before half-time. 7

Conor Meyler: Plenty of industry and speedy runs up and down but never made a major impact on the match. 6

Darren McCurry (STAR MAN): The Edendork man made his mark for the opening score, the first of his 10, five of those from play, including some lovely strikes. Accurate from placed balls too, including an opening mark. Cavan tried several markers on him, to no avail. Played a part in the goal too with a rapid hand-pass under pressure. 9

Paul Donaghy: The Dungannon clubman scored a cracking point but other decision-making was suspect and he was replaced by McShane. 6

Niall Sludden: Slow to get going, and was booked, but then kicked a couple of nice points. 7

Substitutes:

Brian Kennedy: Initially a blood sub in first half injury time but stayed on to the end to impressive effect, including netting the game's only goal. 8

Tiernan McCann: Replaced McGeary and was much more attacking, including one thwarted dribble. 7

Cathal McShane: The home support roared him on and he immediately scored and soon won a free. Added a free and another point in a welcome return from long-term injury. 7.5

Frank Burns: Brought on to shore up defence after the sending-off. 6

Mark Bradley: Not on long enough to be rated.

Ben McDonnell: Not on long enough to be rated.

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