Tipperary 3-25 Kilkenny 0-20: Tipperary player ratings

Ian O’Riordan hands out the marks after the Premier County secured the Liam MacCarthy

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores his side’s third goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores his side’s third goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

1 Brian Hogan

Like father, now the son, a first choice All-Ireland-winning goalkeeper at 23. Spared any major saves by the flawless defence in front of him, mixed his puck outs with increasing accuracy as the game progressed. Rating: 7

2 Cathal Barrett

Got stuck on and into Richie Hogan from the gun, ended up on the receiving end of the elbow which saw Hogan sent off, cleverly playing the extra-man role to the finish. Immense, fearless and beastly effective. Rating: 8

3 Barry Heffernan

Took on and kept scoreless an ailing Adrian Mullen, at 23 worked relentlessly across the full-back line, unlucky not to point in the first half, super reading of the game on and off the ball. Stood up and out, loud. Rating: 8

Tipperary’s Ronan Maher claims possession ahead of Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho
Tipperary’s Ronan Maher claims possession ahead of Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

4 Ronan Maher

Took the bull of the game by the horns and never once let go, keeping Colin Fennelly to one point, displaying magnificent confidence and maturity at 23, ending a dead-heat contender for man-of-the-match with the McGrath brothers. Rating: 9

5 Brendan Maher

Wow. A year on from a torn cruciate, covered up TJ Reid to a point from play, his race car engine roaring throughout, and like those around him worked heroically into the game. Super game from the Borris-Ileigh man. Rating: 8

6 Pádraic Maher

The colossal of a rock that again refused to budge, blocking and hooking like a warrior, at 30 showing no signs of age. Lorded that central defence role like he it was built for him. Rating: 8

7 Séamus Kennedy

Grew in stature and status again, incredible work rate rewarded with him chipping over two points from play in either half, and keeping Walter Walsh in the passenger seat for most of the afternoon. Rating: 8

8 Noel McGrath

Young Hurler of the Year a decade ago, now the best midfielder in the game, another majestic afternoon of assisting more ball and scores that could be tracked, adding a free and a point of his own. Inspired afternoon for the man from Loughmore Castleiney. Rating: 9

9 Michael Breen

The perfect midfield ally and stuck to every task laid out in front of him, scoring Tipperary’s opening point when they needed that settler, starting some of the majestic forward runs of the second half. Rating: 7

10 Dan McCormack

Workman-like as an understatement, ensuring the lid was kept on the influence of Paddy Deegan and company in the Kilkenny half -back line, foraging as ever when ball was required, before making way for Willie Connors. Rating: 7

11 John O’Dwyer

Suitably bubbled up and over as the game progressed, finishing with 1-2, his goal sweetly laid on by Séamus Callanan, and repaid with sheer force and brilliance. His second point from play on 65 minutes, even if in space, was superb, and he knew it. Rating: 8

12 Niall O’Meara

Yesser, his goal on 25 minutes, right when Tipp needed it most, brilliantly finished with force and accuracy in the bottom right of the net. Suddenly Tipp were level, and more importantly never looked back. Rating: 7

13 Jason Forde

The new model of accuracy and perception, his game tally of 0-8, between frees, 65s and two from play, bringing his championship contribution to 2-68. Reliable to the first and last call. Rating: 8

14 Séamus Callanan

The man with the Midas wrist only needs one moment, and incredibly, his goal two minutes into second half completes eight matches of the summer with at least one goal in each. Fitting for their commander in chief he hit the last free of the game too. Hurler of 2019. Rating: 7

Tipperary’s John McGrath is challenged by Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Tipperary’s John McGrath is challenged by Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

15 John McGrath

A beautiful redemption song, after being sent off in the semi-final, his early hook on goal-bound Colin Fennelly a siren of his intent. Finished with three points from play, and like his brother Noel a Tour of Tipp Force from end to end. Rating: 9

Bench

Five points from the bench, all from play was the icing on the cake: one each from Jake Morris, Mark Kehoe and Ger Browne, and two from straight down the middle from Willie Connors. Rating: 8

Manager – Liam Sheedy

Second coming as good as the first, Liam Sheedy becomes the first manager to defeat Brian Cody’s Kilkenny in a second All-Ireland final. Repaid in fate and faith by his players. Rating: 9

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