Lim­er­ick rat­ings

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Championship 2018 | All-Ireland Shc Final - By Gavin Cum­miskey

1 Nicky Quaid (Ef­fin)

6 Sat be­hind a heroic, ravenous full back line. No fault for bul­let goals from Con or Whe­lan and Joe Can­ning although he han­dled ball on the ground to give Can­ning the op­por­tu­nity.

2 Seán Finn (Bruff)

8 Whe­lan came good in the fi­nal flings but the cor­ner back broke out of de­fence more of­ten than the young sharp shooter was al­lowed swipe at goal. In par­tic­u­lar, there was a cleanly won ex­change on 20 min­utes.

3 Mike Casey (Na Piar­saigh)

9 Her­culean 50 min­utes, be­fore in­jury, to ut­terly snuff out Johnny G lynn’ s in­flu­ence. De­spite a 20 kg, five inch ad­van­tage, the gi­ant Bronx-based full for­ward was dom­i­nated un­der high and low ball

4 Richie English (Doon)

8 Un­be­liev­able catch over Ni all Burke on 51 min­utes seemed like the start of the Lim­er­ick corona­tion–un­til th­ey­col­lec­tively froze–but the vi­cious­ness of this man can not be over stated.

5 Diar­muid Byrnes (Pa­trick­swell)

7 Punched the sky af­ter a sweet score early in the sec­ond half to put Lim­er­ick five clear but shoot­ing was oth­er­wise poor. Cov­ered Can­ning from puck out sand when­ever Gal way’ s star turn at­tempted( rarely) to in­flu­ence.

6 De­clan Han­non (Adare, cap­tain)

9 Mon­u­ment al dis­play with two first half points drilling holes in Gal way’ sre­sis­tance-see Reel­ing in the Years 2018 for his in­ter­cept of Pádraic Man­nion’s pass, in­tended for Can­ning, be­fore romp­ing up field to score.

7 Dan Mor­ris­sey (Ahane)

6 Earned an early free when Jonathan G lynn bull­dozed over him which showed Lim­er­ick would match Gal way’ s fa med phys­i­cal­ity blow for blow.

8 Dar­ragh O’Dono­van (Doon)

6 Neat point on 11 min­utes be­fore zip ping about the mid­dle third for 66 un­re­lent­ing min­utes.

9 Cian Lynch (Pa­trick­swell)

8 De­cent su­per hero im­pres­sion af­ter eight min­utes when rid­ing three heavy Gal way tack­lers be­fore laser in ga point. Match David Burke play for play.

10 Gearóid He­garty (St Pa­trick’s)

6 Hunted and ha­rassed in equal mea­sure but when man­ager John Ki ely needed to in­tro­duce Shane Dow ling the yel­low-carded wing for­ward made way.

11 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pal­laskenry)

8 A col­lec­tion of wides in­cluded two misses as Lim­er­ick’ s st roll to­wards the Ho­gan steps turned to panic but 0-4 from play in­cluded two gem son 40 min­utes that made it seem im­pos­si­ble Lim­er­ick could lose.

12 Tom Mor­ris­sey (Ahane)

8 A year ago Gearóid McIn­er­ney walked off hav­ing de­voured Austin Glees on but ina cruel twist of fate the in­jured cen­tre half will be re­mem­bered by the Mor­ris sey pick pock­et­ing for the goal that made it 2-15 to 0-12.

13 Aaron Gil­lane (Pa­trick­swell)

6 If Lim­er­ick’ s stum­ble re­sulted in de­feat or even a draw Gil lane’ s jit­tery free tak­ing and con­sis­tent in ac­cu­racy would be high­lighted for­ever but vic­tory paints him as the ul­ti­mate deco y that con­sumed Daithí Burke.

14 Séa­mus Flana­gan (Feo­hanagh-Castlema­hon)

6 A lovely strike on the stroke of half time meant Lim­er­ick’ s dom­i­nance, rather than their 11 wides, con­trolled the nar­ra­tive yet he was right ly pulled for Peter Casey on 63 min­utes.

15 Graeme Mulc­ahy (Kil­mal­lock)

8 The hero who scram­bled the jam­mie st goal in the his­tory of hurl­ing be­fore bat­ting the in­sur­ance point on 77 min­utes. That’ s more than enough to be gifted the keys to the Treaty City.


8 Richie McCarthy had a hello fa job re­plac­ing Mike Casey, but he held well, Shane Dow ling de­liv­ered, yet again, with a goal for the ages while it was Tom Con don who es­caped with the slio­tar when Can­ning’ s last free dropped short.

The man­ager – John Kiely

8 Be­sides Shane Dowl­ing “there is no sub­sti­tute for hard work” said a tear y-eyed school prin­ci­pal named John Ki ely on the field af­ter­wards. The words are vis­i­ble in how his young team ex­ists.

Lim­er­ick man­ager John Kiely

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