Player ratings: Damien Comer, the star as Galway smashes past Derry

Here’s how players rated Galway’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Derry.


Conor Gleeson – Not the keeper’s quarterfinal nightmare, but Gleeson wasn’t often pressured by the Derry attack. 6

Liam Silke – Had a few shady moments at the pace of Niall Loughlin but got on with the task and marked strongly throughout the 70 minutes. 7

Sean Kelly – Solid full-back for Galway, with plenty of help from his team-mates. And Kelly is always ready to come forward to help the attack. 7

Jack Glynn – Steady at corner-back where he gave his men very little space or time. It was a real team effort from the Galway defenders all evening. 8th

Dylan McHugh – Again, it was the collective of Galway defenders who held Derry to a shockingly poor total in an All-Ireland semi-final. McHugh did his part. 7

John Daly – He’s done quite a bit at Croke Park. Went forward to help the attack but Daly was always at his post when really needed. 7

Kieran Molloy – The full-back played well and came into an important block in the first half when a goal from Derry could have changed the complexion of the entire game. Consistently worked hard. 8th

Paul Conroy – The midfielder has been quieter than usual this season but Conor Glass has not featured prominently for Derry and Galway would have been happy with that compromise. 7

Cillian McDaid – Again, the game seemed to go a little past him as Derry McDaid refused space to operate in midfield and the ’40’. He would have wanted to push himself more. 6

Patrick Kelly – He’s been working hard for Galway the whole time, pacing to tag Derry runners. And Kelly held the ball when Galway needed it. 6

Matthew Tierney – Like McDaid, this game often passed him by because of Derry’s line-up. But Tierney was a threat on the rare occasions he got the ball. 6

Johnny Heaney – Not seen on the ball at all in the first half, Heaney came into play better in the second half and gained a good chunk of possession for his team. 7

Rob Finnerty – Not as often evident from the corner but Finnerty was more about work rate than scoring as Galway sometimes had to work hard to win. 6

Damien Comer – Two key points in the first half of the great full-forward kept Galway in the game. And then he scored the two goals that set his team on the path to the big day. 9

Shane Walsh – Coming when Galway needed him most, Walsh kicked off the Frees that propelled his county to the All-Ireland Final. Otherwise closely marked by the Derry Ridge. 8th

Substitute – Finnian O’Laoi for Heaney, worked hard and carried well when his team needed it. 6

Dessie Conneely for Walsh and Billy Mannion for Comer, not long enough.


Odhran Lynch – His “trips” were probably ordered as a tactical ploy. But Lynch didn’t deserve to be as exposed as he was in the second half. 4

Chrissy McKaigue – Improved his reputation as one of the best players in the game by holding Shane Walsh as well as anyone. Had a good game. 8th

Brendan Rogers – A jewel in the slag for Derry. Rogers is a great footballer who has done his best here and is sure to win an All-Star later in 2022

Conor McCluskey – He put some ground back with quick forward thrusts in the second half as Derry attacked. But not much came of his many efforts. 6

Conor Doherty – The full-back failed to reach the level of some of his Ulster performances. Doherty failed to turn back the tide of Galway in the second half 5

Gareth McKinless – And it was the same for McKinless, so prominent in the North but unable to make any headway at this competition. 6

Padraig McGrogan – Again not the factor he has been this year. McGrogan never set out to affect the 70 minutes of action in any way. 4

Conor Glass – Derry needed a big, big game from the Glen man if they were going to win. Try as he might, he just couldn’t make it on the biggest day. 6

Niall Toner – A late replacement in the team, Toner worked hard and carried a lot of ball, but there was no end product. It was the whole game about Derry’s story. 5

Paul Cassidy – Coltish in his running style but was part of a half-forward line that failed to score a single goal in the match. It won’t make it. 5

Shea Downey – Had struggled for traction in the competition and the Lavey man was one of the first to be lifted as Derry tried to find a pulse in their team. 4

Ethan Doherty – Another player who never got into the game never seemed to be on the ball. Doherty paced up and down, but with no great result. 5

Benny Heron – Unfortunately, what should have been a great night after so long in Derry football, the corner striker failed to find momentum. 4

Shane McGuigan – McGuigan was the only bright spot in Derry attack, causing a little trouble here and there for a feisty Galway defence. 6

Niall Loughlin – His speed was a factor early on. But like so many Derry players, he was absent when the Galway storm blew in the second half. 5

Subs – Lachlan Murray for Toner. Received a goal to whitewash the scoreboard 5

Emmet Bradley for Toner, made little impression 5

Ben McCarron for Heron never got the ball. 5 Player ratings: Damien Comer, the star as Galway smashes past Derry

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