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Tyrone player ratings: McCurry steals the show as Tyrone excel

Tyrone's Darren McCurry and Mayo's Enda Hession in action during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Between Tyrone and Mayo at Croke Park Dublin 09-11-2021. Pic Philip Walsh
Cahair O'Kane at Croke Park

Niall Morgan: His bravery set the tone for Tyrone. Played as a sweeper and although he was almost caught out with Aidan O’Shea’s goal chance, the reward ultimately outweighed the risk. Interception and 80-yard pass to set up McCurry’s first goal chance was brilliant. Hit his targets from the tee all day. 8.5

Michael McKernan: Ryan O’Donoghue was Mayo’s most lively forward in the first half and in oceans of space, McKernan restricted him to one point from play. Forced O’Donoghue into two poor passes as he got on top. 7.5

Ronan McNamee: Back to his aggressive best. Left one-on-one with Aidan O’Shea, McNamee attacked every ball that came in and denied the Mayo captain ball. 8.5

Padraig Hampsey: Outstanding on Tommy Conroy. Showed great pace down the Cusack side as Conroy threatened to burn him near the end of the first half. Massive early score too. 8.5

Frank Burns: Led a lot of Tyrone’s counter-attacking charge. Dipped in and out of the sweeping role, where he doubled up well. Picked the ball off the ground for the Mayo penalty. 7

Niall Sludden: Terrific first half from the Dromore man, kicking two points in the second quarter. Got the better of Plunkett and did well defensively on Enda Hession in the second half. 7

Peter Harte: A really composed display to cap his best ever season for Tyrone. Has been a totally different player since being moved to half-back. Has proven himself to be a brilliant defender. Popped up with a late point from a mark too. 8.5

Michael O’Neill: Played at wing-back and picked up Bryan Walsh, keeping him scoreless. Lost him on the early goal chance but otherwise a solid display. 6.5

Kieran McGeary: Started and finished the move for his own score 90 seconds apart. Hooked another shot just wide. Diarmuid O’Connor’s absolute lack of impact spoke volumes. 7.5

Brian Kennedy: A coming of age for the Derrylaughan man. Took on Mattie Ruane man-to-man and won the battle hands down with an absolute horse of a performance for 56 minutes. 8.5

Conn Kilpatrick: Absolutely dominant against first Conor Loftus and then Diarmuid O’Connor, the Edendork man capped his display with a brilliant fetch to open the play up for Tyrone’s decisive second goal. 8.5

Conor Meyler: A Footballer of the Year performance. Paddy Durcan scored from his one shot, coming when Meyler was busy trying to turn Lee Keegan over in the build-up. Magnificent ball for McShane’s goal. 8.5

Conor McKenna: A mixed day but with one huge moment. The composure to not go himself and instead square for McCurry was a decision that won the game for Tyrone. 6.5

STAR MAN
Darren McCurry: Had a point to prove after the semi-final, perhaps even 2016 against Mayo, and he proved it. Took an Allstar off Padraig O’Hora with a performance dripping in confidence. Scored 1-4 and was outstanding. 9

Mattie Donnelly: Kicked one first half point but did have bother escaping the tight clutches of Stephen Coen. Offered himself as a ball-winning option all day. 6

Subs

Cathal McShane: Made five runs in behind Oisin Mullin before Conor Meyler fed him the ball he wanted. Brilliant awareness with the finish. 6.5

Darragh Canavan: Big part in Tyrone finishing out the game. Fisted a point, had a goal chance saved. 7

Ben McDonnell: Brilliant tackle on Stephen Coen to stunt a goal chance at 1-10 to 0-10. 7

Paul Donaghy: Won the free for the last score, and kicked one wide. 6.5

Tiernan McCann: Not on long enough to be rated.

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