Cavan vs Donegal: Player ratings from Sunday’s Ulster SFC semi-final c…

Cavan player ratings

Raymond Galligan

hit a long-range free well in the second half, but was left the rue the decision of come off his line for Donegal’s first goal. Kick-outs were generally sound. 6.5

Jason McLoughlin

Tracked Shane O’Donnell and can be fairly pleased with his contribution to the Cavan cause. However, he kicked one poor wide late on. 6.5

Padraig Faulkner

Will have been happy with how he fared against Michael Murphy for large periods of Sunday’s game. But the Donegal captain doesn’t stay quiet for too long and Murphy edged their battle by the complete-time whistle. 6

Killian Brady

Paddy McBrearty illustrated his class against Armagh and he was ruthlessly efficient again against Cavan and Brady was too loose on the Kilcar ace. 5

Luke Fortune

Jamie Brennan was on top form on Sunday and Luke Fortune struggled at times. Much improved after the break, however. 6

Killian Clarke

Let the ball slip by his fingertips for McBrearty’s goal and also had a spell on Murphy late on. Not one of Clarke’s better days. 5

Conor Brady

Was put on Michael Langan, who was excellent against Armagh. However, Langan failed to score against Cavan and Brady was assured in possession. 7

Thomas Galligan

His second point typified Cavan’s spirit and he battled hard all day and took some wonderful catches at midfield. 8

James Smith

Named at midfield, but played much further forward as he did against Antrim. Scored 0-3 and might have had a goal before half-time, but Shaun Patton got his fingertips to the shot to divert the ball onto the crossbar. 8

Cavan’s James Smith gets a shot away against Donegal.

Gerard Smith

Landed a good score and played some bright passes in the opening quarter. Less involved in the second half. 6

Gearóid McKiernan

Had McMenamin and Gallagher for company at different times during Sunday’s game. Slow to start, but was hugely influential in the second half and scored 0-3. Might have been awarded an early penalty. 7.5

Conor Moynagh

Operated as a sweeper and Donegal were kept away from goal in the first half. However, Donegal could have scored three or four in the second half. 6

Cormac O’Reilly

Could have taken the shot on before passing McKiernan for Cavan’s early goal chance and also hit some poor wides. Replaced midway by the second half. 5

Paddy Lynch

One of the most exciting talents in Ulster, Donegal couldn’t live with Lynch in the first half as he hit 0-5, with 0-3 coming from play. The decision to move Brendan McCole off Lynch and put Eoghan Ban Gallagher on to Cavan’s complete-forward, arguably, was the difference in the second half. 8

Cian Madden

Found himself marked by Caolan Ward, who put Madden on the backfoot with some good runs forward. Failed to score and was replaced with 15 minutes to go. 5.5


Martin Reilly

Cavan would have been hoping for a bigger impact from Reilly, who hit 0-2 when introduced against Antrim. 5

Oisin Kiernan

Came on for Madden in the final quarter, but failed to land a blow for the Breffnimen. 5

Caoimhin O’Reilly

Not on long enough to be rated.

Donegal ratings

Shaun Patton

Only three of his kick-outs failed to find a Donegal jersey and he managed to get his fingertips to a James Smith shot in the first half. 8

Caolan Ward

Was substantial against Armagh and had another good outing on Sunday. Kept Madden scoreless from play. Seemed to pick up a knock in the second half and was replaced after 50 minutes. 6.5

Brendan McCole

Was Donegal’s hero against Armagh as he shadowed Rian O’Neill, but Paddy Lynch caused him all sorts of problems on Sunday. 5.5

Stephen McMenamin

Detailed to pick up Gearóid McKiernan, McMenamin lost his man for an early goal chance and McKiernan was a handful in the second half. 5.5

Ryan McHugh

Restricted to mostly defensive duties on Sunday. When he did break forward, he was instrumental in a number of scores, including linking up with Murphy to set up Ciaran Thompson’s point. 7

Eoghan Ban Gallagher

Had an early spell on McKiernan before McMenamin took over. Seemed much more comfortable marking Lynch in the second half as he held the Cavan complete-forward scoreless from play after the break. 8

Peader Mogan

Acted as Donegal’s sweeper for most of the day. Cavan opted to go direct for the majority of the first half, but Donegal got to grips with them in the second half and Mogan also got forward more late on. 7.5

Hugh McFadden

Donegal’s midfield struggled to have the same impact as they did against Armagh and McFadden was withdrawn in the second half after picking up a head injury. 5

Jason McGee

Found the in-form Thomas Galligan hard to manager as the Cavan midfielder bombed forward several times, hitting 0-2. Improved in the second half. 6.5

Ciaran Thompson

Landed a bright score in the first half, but wasn’t as effective after the break and was replaced on the hour mark. 6.5

Shane O’Donnell

A mixed performance from O’Donnell. Marked by Jason McLoughlin, the Cavan defender got forward well and put pressure on O’Donnell throughout. 5.5

Michael Langan

One of Donegal’s best players against Armagh, Langan failed to fire against Cavan and also failed to score. 5

Paddy McBrearty

Shipped a heavy knock in the first half, but it didn’t faze him. Posted 1-4 with 1-1 coming from play and illustrated his undoubted class by killing the game off with Donegal’s second goal. 8

Michael Murphy

Just the presence of Donegal’s skipper near goal seemed to spook the Cavan defence into a mistake which led to O’Donnell’s goal. Converted four frees and another from play. 8

Jamie Brennan (STAR-MAN)

When Cavan had Donegal on the backfoot in the first half, it was Jamie Brennan who managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Landed some superb efforts to match what Paddy Lynch was doing for Cavan at the other end. Finished with 0-4 from play. A fine showing from the Bundoran native. 8.5

Jamie Brennan, pictured in action against Cavan’s Killian Brady, landed 0-4 from play for Donegal.


Caolan McGonagle

Introduced for McFadden early in the second half and showed well to help Donegal break already around in the middle. 7

Odhran McFadden Ferry

Came on for Ward in the second half and picked up fellow substitute Martin Reilly and kept the Cavan attacker scoreless. 7

Conor O’Donnell

Took his goal remarkably well considering he’d no time to react. The strike helped turn the game in Donegal’s favour. 7

Niall O’Donnell

Will claim an assist as his shot at the posts dropped well short, but McBrearty managed to salvage possession and fire Donegal’s second goal. 5

Aaron Doherty

Not on long enough to be rated

Neil McGee

Not on long enough to be rated

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