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Tyrone v Kerry player ratings: Hampsey, McGeary and Meyler shine on glorious day for Red Hand

Padraig Hampsey, left, and Conor Meyler of Tyrone celebrate after the All-Ireland SFC semi-final win over Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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In the negative column, his long kick-outs were devoured by Kerry and he kicked a couple of late frees wide. But he also intercepted a near certain goal for David Clifford and kicked surely the longest point ever seen in Croke Park from almost halfway. 7


Started on Paul Geaney and kept him scoreless for the time spent in each other’s company. Carried the ball fearlessly too and like the other members of Tyrone’s full-back line, scored a point from play before half-time. 7


Not the first man to find the going tough on David Clifford, but whatever about the mercurial Kerry man’s shooting, McNamee allowed him to win ball out in front far too often in the first half. 6


Did as well as any marker has on Seán O’Shea in a couple of years. Led by example at the back, absorbing every hit aimed at him. As fearless in the tackle as he was composed in possession. 8


A late inclusion in the Tyrone team in place of Tiarnan McCann. Didn’t bring the same kind of energy to the role but guarded his wing and picked up whichever Kerry forward came into his zone. 6


Pulled off one eye-catching dispossession of Gavin White at a time when the flying Kerry wing-back was prodding and probing for space to explode towards. Tidy in possession. An All Star in waiting. 8


All action. Scored a point, made a brilliant block on Killian Spillane and carried the ball nearly 60 metres for the first Tyrone goal, the score that changed the atmosphere in Croke Park and teed up Tyrone’s most unlikely of victories. 7


Kept presenting himself as a target for Morgan’s forced long kick-outs but Tyrone couldn’t seem to isolate him. Forced one brilliant turnover on David Clifford in a game where every single such moment was vital. 6


Paired off mostly with Jack Barry. Did best work between the two ‘65s but given the pace of the game – and both team’s devotion to running the ball – it wasn’t a day made for big men to dominate. 6


Stuck to Paudie Clifford for everything he was worth. It wasn’t a match-up many had predicted in advance but it was one of the most important battles of the game – one that Meyler won comprehensively. 8


Ostensibly Tyrone’s sweeper. He made sure any breach of the defensive line was met with back-up. He stopped Seán O’Shea dead in his tracks on one such occasion early in the second half. 6


Put in a ferocious shift, although his most influential moment was the well-timed pass he squared to Conor McKenna for Tyrone’s opening goal of the game. Put his team under pressure with a needless black card in the 40th minute. 7


Was overwhelmed by Tom O’Sullivan in the first half but recovered to kick two frees and two points from play. His black card for a foul on Gavin Crowley was fully deserved and utterly unnecessary. 6


Scored a single point from a mark but his GPS pack must have been in danger of overheating, such were the miles he covered in Croke Park. Went to midfield for a spell and gave Tyrone much-needed energy there too. 7


You could argue he was lucky to still be on the pitch by the time that second goal fell from the sky. Was comprehensively beaten to a couple of balls before that but got the two most important scores of the day. 7


Tiernan McCann ran the ball with purpose and Darragh Canavan was a threat with each possession. But Cathal McShane’s 1-3 (0-1f) after his 43rd minute introduction was effectively the winning of the game for Tyrone. 8



Neither goal could be pinned on him. Tyrone never really went after his kick-outs either, shutting down only the shortest options but Ryan found mid-range targets men at his ease. Confident enough to carry the ball out towards his ’45 also. 7


Took up arms against both Conor McKenna and Mattie Donnelly at different stages and mostly, did the basics of his role well. Blown for overcarrying once in the first half in a rare forward foray. Replaced before extra-time. 7


Didn’t stray far from his primary posting. Made one brilliant dispossession on Cathal McShane in the second-half of normal time when Kerry’s ’45 was being swarmed with Tyrone runners. Solid. 7


The best of Kerry’s defenders. Won three balls cleanly in the first half off Darren McCurry, thundering into the duels, attacking every delivery from behind. Scored a point also to embellish an excellent individual contribution. 8


Not alone among the Kerry team in over-extending himself by running into trouble – a repeated issue for Peter Keane’s side - but he did pay the price when he was replaced after 49 minutes for Gavin Crowley. 6


Attacked the second half with a greater sense of purpose, demanding possession and driving at Kerry. Part of a Kerry defence who conceded three goals on a day when Tyrone were always likely to need at least two. 6


Threatened to cut loose on a couple of occasions in the first half but Tyrone were clearly wary of his threat and made sure there enough bodies between White and the scoring zone. Won plenty of breaks but never fully got going. 6


Imposed himself around the middle, particularly on the Tyrone kick-outs – most of which were sent long. Faded as the game went on though and was eventually replaced by Tommy Walsh. A last stand for one of Kerry’s best recent servants? 6


Needlessly kept a shot from going over the end line in the first half of extra-time. The ball fell kindly for Conor McKenna, who scored the goal that effectively buried Kerry. He was taken off soon after. 5


Replaced Diarmuid O’Connor in the Kerry line-up before throw-in. Skewed kick pass just before half-time ensured he was the first Kerry man off after a peripheral 35 minutes. Didn’t get to the speed of the game at all. 5


Got minimal change from Paudie Hampsey. Kicked all of his frees and one first half point from play but one of a number of Kerry players who took too much out of the ball in pursuit of a goal at stages of the game when a point would have sufficed. 7


Strayed into the square by inches, just as Paul Geaney squared the ball in the first half. It would have been the easiest goal he ever scored. Tyrone got their first goal soon after. Won four scoreable frees but coughed up possession too often. 6


In truth, Kerry would have been in trouble by half-time were it not for his finishing. Kicked 0-8, four from play but succumbed to an injury just before the end of 70 minutes and didn’t reappear for extra-time. 8


Probably took the right option in drawing Niall Morgan and flicking that ball across to O’Brien in the first half, but the timing of the move was just slightly off. Didn’t score until extra-time. Didn’t last the 70 either but came back on for David Clifford. 6


Totally overshadowed by Conor Meyler, who hounded and hunted him everywhere he roamed. Scored two points from play but a disappointing end to a season in which he established himself as a key element in Kerry’s attack. 6


Killian Spillane didn’t have the same effect as in previous games, with Diarmuid O’Connor the only Kerry sub to register a score. Tommy Walsh had a late effort under pressure to send us to penalties, but his shot fell short and wide. 6

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