Player ratings: 13 different scorers for Limerick as Cork fail to contain champs

Paul Keane rates how Limerick and Cork's players performed in the Treaty's 3-22 to 1-22 All-Ireland final victory
Player ratings: 13 different scorers for Limerick as Cork fail to contain champs

Limerick's Cian Lynch celebrates after scoring a point against Cork at Croke Park. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile


1. Nickie Quaid 

Not much he could do about Shane Kingston's early bullet that flew past him to the net. Kept a clean sheet thereafter and mixed up his puck-outs well, going short when the opportunities were there. 8 

2. Sean Finn 

Beaten by Shane Kingston for the Cork goal. Started on Jack O'Connor though switched over to Patrick Horgan for a period. Horgan took him for two points from play but both were serious efforts from the Cork captain. 8 

3. Dan Morrissey 

Expected to pick up Patrick Horgan and did so for the most part, holding the prolific forward scoreless from play in that time. Locked down a mean defence that had to deal with an early Cork whirlwind. 8 

4. Barry Nash 

Punched the air in delight after closing out the first-half scoring with a long-range point. Still there at the death, attempting to tag on one last score for the Shannonsiders. 8 

5. Diarmaid Byrnes 

At his very best again. It was Byrnes' precise pass that created Aaron Gillane's goal and he split the posts for a trademark long-range point approaching half-time. Denied Seamus Harnedy a goal with a 64th-minute block. 8 

6. Declan Hannon 

Another textbook display at the centre of the Limerick defence. Used all his leadership to nail the quarterback role. Helped get Limerick going with an early point from distance and finished with 0-2. Hobbled off to a huge ovation late on. 8 

7. Kyle Hayes 

None of the drama of the Munster final when he scored the goal of the season but still worked tirelessly, winning frees and shooting for points long after the result was beyond doubt. 7 

8. William O'Donoghue 

A big part of why Limerick got on top in the middle third. Emptied his tank and strung together the play intelligently. 7 

9. Darragh O'Donovan 

On point and crisp at midfield, delivering accurate passes throughout and thundering through the exchanges. One of 13 different Limerick players to get on the scoresheet on the day. 8 

10. Gearóid Hegarty 

A huge performance from the reigning Hurler of the Year. Clipped 2-2 and struck two wides in the first half alone as he opened up with some spectacular hurling. Eventually replaced to huge cheers. 8 

11. Cian Lynch 

Pointed after 11 seconds and never let up, setting up both of Gearóid Hegarty's goals. Toyed with the Cork defence at times, finishing with six points from play. His interception and flick up for Tom Morrissey's 18th-minute point was outrageous. 9 

12. Tom Morrissey 

Mixed silk with steel, showing an awesome work rate but also an ability to pick off a series of deft passes that led to important scores. Weighed in with three points from play himself on another landmark day. 8 

13. Aaron Gillane 

Hard to believe now he didn't start the Munster final. Looked like a player keen to prove a point and was on fire throughout, finishing with the first-half with 1-3 and adding another three points for a 1-6 haul. 8 

14. Seamus Flanagan 

Helped put the game beyond Cork during Limerick's early blitzkrieg, pointing sumptuously in the eighth minute and passing to Aaron Gillane for the second goal. Scored just a point but set up so much more. 8 

15. Peter Casey 

A bittersweet afternoon for the Na Piarsaigh man. Clear to play after his red card in the semi-final and on fire for 30 minutes, shooting 0-5 from play. Then crumpled with a left knee injury and had to come off. 8 


Graeme Mulcahy for Casey (35+1) 

Came on for the injured Casey. Took his opportunity and hit the first point of the second half. Taken off late on. 7 

David Reidy for Lynch (42-44, blood), Reidy for Hegarty (62) 

Nicked a point late on. 7 

Colin Coughlan for Hannon (65) 

A young player with a huge future. Only had a brief cameo but involved in a couple of plays. 6 

Barry Murphy for Mulcahy (68) 

Played out the final few minutes of Limerick's greatest All-Ireland win. 6 

Pat Ryan for Tom Morrissey (69) 

On for just minutes but darted into space for a handy point. 7


1. Patrick Collins 

Mixed up his puck-outs - with mixed results. Must have been intimidating to look out at the green wall in front of him each time. Pulled off a brilliant flying save to deny Tom Morrissey but beaten for three goals overall. 6 

2. Niall O'Leary 

Lined up on Peter Casey and found it an epic struggle. Casey was eventually taken off injured after scoring five points and it didn't get any easier. O'Leary pinched a point but was replaced in the third quarter. 6 

3. Robert Downey 

Picked up Seamus Flanagan and struggled on the big man who couldn't believe the space around him in the 15th minute to play in Aaron Gillane for Limerick's second goal. Never gave up though and battled on gamely. 7 

4. Sean O'Donoghue 

Brilliant against Kilkenny but found himself fighting fires in the full-back line all afternoon. Culpable too for the crucial second goal. Struggled on Aaron Gillane and taken off before the second water break. 6 

5. Tim O'Mahony 

Booked after a scrap with Cian Lynch approaching the hour. Lasted the duration but was powerless to prevent Gearóid Hegarty and the Limerick half-forward line largely running amok. 6 

6. Mark Coleman 

Tough day for the classy centre half-back. Picked up Cian Lynch on a day when few could have marked the Patrickswell man who was on fire. Went down with a 26th-minute injury which didn't help. 6 

7. Eoin Cadogan 

The first player to break away after the national anthem. Clearly ready for battle but unable to make the impact he craved. Finished up in the full-back line tracking Aaron Gillane after a spell on Seamus Flanagan. 7 

8. Darragh Fitzgibbon 

Set up Patrick Horgan and Seamus Harnedy for scores during the second quarter when the game was still a contest. Unable to get on top in a midfield under siege, however, and replaced in the third quarter. 6 

9. Luke Meade 

Gave Cork a lift with a 31st-minute score from distance and was fouled on a number of occasions. One of the more solid Cork performers on a dreadful day for the team. 7 

10. Conor Cahalane 

Tried and tried but struggled to make any sort of impact and was the first player called ashore at half-time, replaced by sibling Damien. 5 

11. Seamus Harnedy 

Cork's best forward. Showed real leadership when his team were under the cosh, stepping up to pick off three first-half points. Added another in the second half and was still there in the 70th minute, winning a free that Patrick Horgan converted. 8 

12. Robbie O'Flynn 

Started well. Set up points for Jack O'Connor and Patrick Horgan. Became a less influential figure as the game wore on and came off after a big hit with 15 minutes to go. 6 

13. Jack O'Connor 

O'Connor's pace and goal threat has been a feature of Cork's Championship campaign. They needed more magic from the Sarsfields man but it didn't arrive and he was held to a single point. 6 

14. Patrick Horgan 

Struck 0-12 and in doing so leapfrogged Tony Kelly as the Championship's top scorer. But that will be little consolation on a day when poor service ultimately cost him. Had to work so hard for the two points he did score from play. 7 

15. Shane Kingston 

Selected to start after a terrific cameo in the semi-final. Enjoyed a great start too, hammering a fourth-minute goal after a searing run down the left. But that was his high point and he was called ashore after 47 minutes. 7 


Damien Cahalane for Conor Cahalane (h/t) 

Grafted hard for the second half but to little effect. 6 

Sean O'Leary Hayes for Niall O'Leary (47) 

Thrown into the bear pit when the game was up but made a couple of useful interceptions. 6 

Alan Cadogan for Shane Kingston (47) 

A super-sub in the semi-final. Immediately came on at full-forward and got on the scoresheet. 6 

Shane Barrett for Fitzgibbon (47) 

Dropped from the lineup but came on and grabbed a point. 6 

Niall Cashman for O'Donoghue (52) 

A busy operator after his introduction but the game was already up. 5 

Declan Dalton for O'Flynn (55-f/t, blood) 

Hit 2-4 for his club at Croke Park in the 2020 All-Ireland intermediate final but couldn't provide a spark this time. 5

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