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How Dublin rated in All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo

Dublin's dominance came to an end following Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo. Picture by Philip Walsh
Neil Loughran at Croke Park

Evan Comerford: Barely missed a beat with his kick-outs in first 60 minutes but panicky in the concession of Hennelly’s late levelling 45. Overcarrying led to Mayo score, and punished for a wayward kick-out in extra-time. 7

Michael Fitzsimons: Some ferocious tackling set the tone for Dublin in the first half. Found Conroy too hot to handle in the latter stages as the Neale man found his groove. 6.5

David Byrne: Over-carrying led to a McLoughlin score, and spilled the ball over the line as Dublin played hot potato in the dying seconds of normal time, gifting Mayo a last gasp 45. Should have been given a black card instead of yellow for blatant pull back on McLoughlin. 6

Jonny Cooper: Hardly a hair out of place by half-time but twice conceded possession as Dublin tried to curtail Mayo after the break. Eventually replaced. 6

Brian Howard: Worked his socks off in the first half but drifted out of it as Dublin came under pressure. 6.5

John Small: Energetic and influential in the first half. Pole-axed Eoghan McLaughlin with a shoulder to the head in the second - whether malicious or mistimed, it was still a red. Conor Lane didn’t award a free. 6.5

Eoin Murchan: Returned to the starting 15 and given licence to burst forward as Mayo offered little in the first half. Swamped as Mayo dominated physical exchanges before injury forced him off. 6.5

James McCarthy: Missed the end of extra-time due to a black card, but was lucky to still be on the field after earlier off the ball elbow to O’Connor’s neck. Used that aggression for good in a brilliant first half performance but missed second half goal chance, and lost his head as Dublin melted down. 6.5

Brian Fenton: His first-ever Championship defeat. Conducted the choir in a commanding first 50 minutes but found little room to manoeuvre as Ruane and Mayo turned up the heat. 7

Paddy Small: Has become a big player for Dublin in recent years and showed why in the first half, scoring and linking well. Struggled afterwards and kicked a bad wide in extra-time. 7

Ciaran Kilkenny: Gave O’Hora the runaround in the opening 35, drifting across the line and magnificently orchestrating the Dublin attack. The Ballina man got on top eventually, and it helped change the game. 7

Niall Scully: Selfless runs created channels for Dubs to run into in first half, but a largely peripheral figure before being withdrawn. 5.5

Dean Rock: Kicked a couple of uncharacteristic wides, but also two lovely points from play and typically reliable from frees in a mixed bag of an evening. 6

Con O’Callaghan: Looked a threat any time the ball came his way in the first half but nullified by Keegan as Mayo got on top, though he was feeding on scraps by then. 6.5

Cormac Costello: Unable to get into the game, either before he was withdrawn or when reintroduced in extra-time. 5

Substitutes

Colm Basquel: Off the pace, blazed wide a goal chance, coughed up possession twice and Mayo capitalised when he was black carded in extra-time. 5

Tom Lahiff: Kicked a bad wide in extra-time and black carded late on. 5

Sean Bugler: Fisted point turned out to be Dublin’s last of the game. 6

Philly McMahon: Penalised for running across Hennelly as he lined up his late 45 leveller, and left for dead for a Conroy point in extra-time. 5

Robbie McDaid: Not on long enough to be rated.

Aaron Byrne: Not on long enough to be rated.

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