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How the Mayo players rated against Tyrone

Tommy Conroy scored the first point of Saturday's All-Ireland final against Tyrone. Pic Philip Walsh
Andy Watters

Rob Hennelly: Good save from McCurry in the first half, not decisive enough when McShane beat him in the second. Kick-outs were good and he scored one superb free. Couple of wides too. 6

Padraig O'Hora: Marked absent when McCurry scored in the first half. Couldn't keep him quiet and was lucky to escape a black card in first half. Picked Donnelly's pocket in second half and earned a free for O'Donoghue. 5.5

Lee Keegan: Mayo couldn't have asked for much more from the veteran. Fulfilled his man-marking duties and drove forward at every opportunity. Managed a point in the second half too. 7.5

Michael Plunkett: Struggled to reach the pitch of the game. Rash tackle on McGeary allowed Morgan to open Tyrone's account. Replaced in the half-time defensive shake-up. 5

Patrick Durcan: Some brilliant runs out of defence, especially in the first half. Kicked a first half equaliser when he combined with O'Donoghue and Mullen. Kept going to the end. 6

Stephen Coen: Kept his head above water as the Tyrone tide came in. Did a good job keeping Donnelly quiet and took responsibility in the first half to score when Mayo badly needed it. 6.5

Oisin Mullen: His return was greeted as great news for his county. Had a decent game and broke forward with pace and purpose at times. McShane beat him for the first goal – he wanted it more. 6

Matthew Ruane: Second best to Kennedy in midfield. Ruane repeatedly ran into the Tyrone cul-de-sac. Flustered and frustrated, he was sent off late in the game for a swing at Kilpatrick. 5.5

Conor Loftus: Out-worked in midfield by Kilpatrick and passed up a series of scoring opportunities including a goal chance that was there for the taking. 5.5

Diarmuid O'Connor: Chased lost causes and turned a free that was dropping short into a penalty. Blotted out by McGeary, he was unable to turn the game Mayo's way. 5.5

Aidan O'Shea: Won the throw-in and created the opening point for Conroy. Had a goal chance to lack the subtlety to take it. Mayo needed far more from such an experienced player. 5.5

Brian Walsh: One-on-one with Niall Morgan but he lacked the predatory instinct to find the back of the net and a massive chance was lost. Conceded an early free but used the ball well at times. 5.5

Kevin McLoughlin: Consistent and impressive so often down the years but never at his best on Saturday. Uncertain in possession, he never had the beating of his man but did conjure up a point. 5.5

Tommy Conroy: Scored the opener and managed another in the second half but also blazed a goal chance wide when his county were desperate for a big score. 6.5

Ryan O'Donoghue: Missed the penalty but his passing created the goal chances for Walsh and Loftus and then Aidan O'Shea. Gave the ball away a couple of times too but top-scored with eight points, seven from frees. 7

Substitutes:

Enda Hession: Replaced Plunkett at the interval and made one early break out of defence. Niall Sludden kept him on the fringes after that. 5

Jordan Flynn: Shot wide in the second half and couldn't make a real impact on a game that was already slipping away. 5

Darren Coen: Not his day. Way off target with a couple of late efforts. 5

Aidan Orme: Not on long enough to be rated.

James Carr: Not on long enough to be rated.

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