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All-Ireland Hurling Final – Player Ratings

Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary's Brendan Maher lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

So now it is time for our reaction. We will save our Team Of The Year until our live podcast on Wednesday. For now we rate the performances of each player on All-Ireland final day in Croke Park.

Tipperary

1. Darren Gleeson – 8

A much improved performer. Made a vital first half save and went very direct with his puck-outs. Will fight it out with Eoin Murphy for an all-star.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary’s goalkeeper Darren Gleeson celebrates Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

2. Cathal Barrett – 8

An oustanding game to cap off an outstanding year. Was targeted in the air but dealt with everything appropriately. Will finally pick up his first all-star.

3. James Barry – 8

Possibly the most underrated member of the Tipp side. He has filled a problematic position and did not give Colin Fennelly any room.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary’s James Barry celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

4. Michael Cahill – 8

Slowly getting back to his best. Kevin Kelly did pick up scores but Cahill beat him to more balls then he lost.

5. Seamus Kennedy – 8

Another underestimated member of the Tipp side. He dealt with the occasion very well and did his talking with the ball in hand.

6. Ronan Maher – 10 

An outstanding performance. Kilkenny targeted him and he provided all the answers. Another player who has filled a massive gap in the Premier team.

7. Padraic Maher – 9

Has been excellent all year. Maher has shown a lot of composure this year and his erratic style of play has lessened considerably.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary’s Padraic Maher celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

8. Brendan Maher – 9 

He saved his best performance for the big day. Maher led the team from midfield and was a fitting recipient of the cup.

9. Michael Breen – 6

Struggled in his first All-Ireland final. Did not get one the ball and was withdrawn early in the second half.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary's Michael Breen and James Barry celebrate Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

10. Dan McCormack – 8

Another incredibly underrated member of this team. His workrate and physicality have added so much to the Tipp team this year. He has been a huge addition.

11. Patrick Maher – 8

The Bonner was back to his best. Yet again, he showed his importance to Tipp.

12. Noel McGrath – 7

One of the well documented stories. McGrath’s workrate and creativity in the Tipp attack always stands out when Tipp are winning.

13. John O’Dwyer – 9

Bubbles played and spoke after the game like a man possessed. He justified his inclusion from the start. Outside of some wasteful first-half wides, it was a perfect performance.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary's John O'Dwyer celebrates scoring a goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

14. Seamus Callanan – 10

Nine points from play and showing why he is the leader of this Tipp attack. He saved his best performance for the biggest day.

15. John McGrath – 8 

John McGrath has been a major player in his first full season with the Tipp seniors. His scores, ball winning and creative side added another dimension.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary John McGrath celebrates scoring his sides second goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall

Sub: Jason Forde – 7

Made a significant impact when coming on scoring 0-2 from play.

Kilkenny

1. Eoin Murphy – 6

He made some good saves and will battle it out with Gleeson for the individual end of year honours.

2. Paul Murphy – 5

Murphy fell a long way short of the standards he has set for himself. He struggled for large parts of today’s game.

3. Joey Holden – 5

Kilkenny’s tactics did him no favours whatsoever. He was left exposed marking one of the best hurlers in the game and ended up conceding nine scores from play.

4. Shane Prendergast – 4

Like Holden, he was isolated for large parts marking some of the most lethal forwards in the game. But the Cats captain was poor in possession and looked off the pace.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary’s Patrick Maher and Shane Prendergast of Kilkenny Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

5. Padraic Walsh – 6

One of Kilkenny’s better performers, but still failed to get the better of his opponent. Still managed to score and could well be in line for an all-star.

6. Kieran Joyce – 5

He was put back in the team as a replacement for Michael Fennelly and he failed to capitalise on regaining his place. Could not get on top of the Bonner like he did in 2014.

7. Cillian Buckley – 5

Another player who failed to build on his exceptional Leinster championship form. Dan McCormack was far more influential over the 70 minutes.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Cillian Buckley of Kilkenny dejected Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

8. TJ Reid – 5

A big disappointment. After an average season, it was awaited to see if he would finally burst into life on All-Ireland final day. Outside of his free taking, he contributed very little.

9. Conor Fogarty – 7

Kilkenny’s best player. He battled away at midfield and was one of the few Cats to hold his own in his position.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Kilkenny's Conor Fogarty with Dan McCormack of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

10. Walter Walsh – 6

Started brightly but ran out of steam as Tipp upped the ante. Failed to stop Padraic Maher and put the same amount on the scoreboard as his direct opponent.

11. Richie Hogan – 6

He battled right to the end and showed a few moments of class. Will get an all-star but will be no consolation.

Richie Hogan and Patrick Maher 4/9/2016

12. Eoin Larkin – 6

Started very brightly but his impact dwindled very quickly. Was taken off for Lester Ryan in the second half.

13. Kevin Kelly – 7

Can hold his head up high after making an impressive debut. Managed to pick off 1-2 from play and caused trouble.

14. Colin Fennelly – 5

A major disappointment. Showed match winning quality in the replay with Waterford. Missed a good goal chance in the first half that could have completely changed the flow of the game.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly with Brendan Maher and Cathal Barrett of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

15. Liam Blanchfield – 5

Lightning did not strike twice for Blanchfield. He did not build on his semi-final performance. He tried hard but achieved very little.

Author: The PA Team

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