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How the Kerry players rated against Tyrone

Question marks will surround the future of Peter Keane after another campaign ended without an All-Ireland title. Picture by Philip Walsh
Neil Loughran

Shane Ryan: Couldn’t have done much about any of the three Tyrone goals, while Kerry won almost all their kick-outs - though often under little pressure. 7

Brian O Beaglaoich: Found himself on McKenna and Donnelly at different stages and was generally solid on both. 7

Jason Foley: Had a good battle with Donnelly but, one superb interception aside, simply didn’t know what to do with McShane when he came off the bench. 6.5

Tom O’Sullivan: Excellent throughout, and won every ball that came towards him and McCurry – the Edendork man bagging a couple on the loop in the second half. 8

Mike Breen: Found Sludden too hot to handle and ran into trouble too often. Withdrawn in the second half. 5

Paul Murphy: In no man’s land when drawn to Sludden for first McKenna goal, but won plenty of breaks and drove Kerry forward when the Kingdom’s tails were up. 7.5

Gavin Whyte: Pacy bursts from deep caused trouble, had a good tussle with McGeary, but ran into trouble several times and gave away some cheap frees. 7

David Moran: Dominated the central area in the opening quarter but unable to exert his usual big-game influence. Looked leggy as the game wore on. 6

Jack Barry: Gave away possession when Kerry were on the attack in the final quarter of normal time, had his pocket picked by Donnelly in extra-time and his awful attempted clearance led to McKenna’s second goal in extra-time. 5

Dara Moynihan: Unable to get involved as Tyrone closed off the middle third. Replaced by Spillane at half-time. 5

Sean O’Shea: Didn’t miss a beat from dead balls as usual, always able to find pockets of space drifting in and out of full-forward – but where he went, Hampsey followed. 7

Stephen O’Brien: Earned four scoreable frees but also ran into trouble time and again. Saw a first half goal rightly chalked off. 6

David Clifford: Always such a threat. Ended up with four from play, won and converted a couple of marks too. A huge loss when he didn’t reappear for extra-time. 8.5

Paul Geaney: Created two goal chances but kicked three bad wides before landing his only score in extra-time. Might have gone for goal himself instead of squaring for O’Brien in the first half. 5.5

Paudie Clifford: So influential through the rest of the Championship but wasn’t allowed into the game at all and struggled to keep up with Meyler’s tireless running. Found a bit more space late on, landing two points. 6

Substitutes

Killian Spillane: Broke through eight minutes after half-time but saw his shot brilliantly blocked by Harte. Didn’t make the impact Kerry will have hoped for. 5.5

Gavin Crowley: Did better on Sludden than Breen had. 6

Adrian Spillane: Harshly booked after an aerial collision with McCann. Unable to make much impact. 6

Diarmuid O’Connor: Came on for O’Brien and scored a point. 6

Tommy Walsh: Had a point disallowed for a square ball, and kicked a poor wide in the dying seconds of extra-time. 6

Tadhg Morley: Came on in extra-time but offered little. 6

Jack Sherwood: Contributed to the Kerry fightback in the second period of extra-time. 6.5

Graham O’Sullivan: Quiet cameo late on. 6

Micheal Burns: Not on long enough to be rated.

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