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How the Kilcoo players rated in the Ulster final

Kilcoo were convincing winners over Derrygonnelly in yesterday's Ulster final at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. Picture by Philip Walsh
Neil Loughran

Niall Kane: Withstood a second half aerial bombardment as Derrygonnelly tried to find a way back into the game. 7.5

Niall Branagan: Untroubled in defence and got forward more after the break. 7.5

Ryan McEvoy: Has had tougher days at the office but handled whatever came his way with confidence, and converted frees in either half. 8

Aaron Branagan: Shane McGullion showed what a handful he can be in the semi, but Branagan kept close tabs all day. 7.5

Miceal Rooney: Bombed up and down, and always classy in possession. Sent over a superb first half score from the sideline, and almost bagged an audacious goal after a misplaced McGurn kick-out. 8

Darryl Branagan: Operated as sweeper and made some timely interceptions in nip and tuck early exchanges. Was on the end of a flowing move to brilliantly dispatch Kilcoo’s first half goal. 8

Eugene Branagan: No matter where you look on the field, he seems to be there. Worked tirelessly. 7.5

Dylan Ward: Kicked a couple of first half wides but his forward bursts from midfield put Derrygonnelly on the back foot from the off. 8

Aaron Morgan: Competed well around the middle as Kilcoo assumed control. 7

Ceilum Doherty: Driving runs from deep were a feature of the second half and calmly tucked away Kilcoo’s second goal. 8

Paul Devlin: See Star Man

Shealan Johnston: Unerring finish for Kilcoo’s third goal. 7.5

Ryan Johnston: Didn’t score but involved in plenty of Kilcoo’s best moves. 7

Jerome Johnston: Couldn’t keep goalscoring run going after blasting second half effort against the legs of McGurn. Operated around the middle more, and played in brother Shealan for late goal. 7

Conor Laverty: Had a hand in Kilcoo’s first two goals, and movement kept Derrygonnelly thinking all day. 7


Anthony Morgan: Brought on in last 10 when Kilcoo were already out of sight. 6.5

Aidan Branagan: Dropped in and minded the house. Calm as always. 6.5

Feilim McGreevy: Only on the field a matter of seconds when won the kick-out that led to Kilcoo’s third goal. 7

Paul Greenan: Not on long enough to be rated.

Sean Og McCusker: Not on long enough to be rated.


Paul Devlin (Kilcoo)

JUST edges out Rooney. A composed head as Kilcoo took control in the early stages, didn’t miss a beat from frees and landed two lovely scores in either half. Big game experience told. 8.5

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