NFL: Louth Player Ratings vs Antrim

NFL: Louth Player Ratings vs Antrim

 

By Caoimhín Reilly

Louth have made their best start to a league season in 11 years following yesterday’s two-point victory over Antrim at the Gaelic Grounds.

Here’s how Talk of the Town rated Colin Kelly’s men.

  1. Craig Lynch – A rare misjudgement off the tee resulted in Antrim’s goal, but it did set the tone for a fairly difficult day for the Naomh Máirtín keeper as moving, willing targets for him to find were few and far between as Antrim pushed up on his kick-outs. Coped well with any high ball in though: 6
  2. Pádraig Rath – A tricky day for the skipper as he was left as almost the sole gate-keeper at the back with CJ McGourty, Kevin Niblock and Matthew Fitzpatrick alternating the full-forward role. Always competed for possession and tackled with great discipline throughout, while finding himself in advanced areas as the game opened up: 6
  3. Patrick Reilly – Dragged helplessly out the field by Antrim and probably would have been better suited to Niblock. Failed to do much of note, without doing anything wrong. His physicality did yield turnovers on occasions and he defended well against the Antrim arial bombardment at the end: 6
  4. John Bingham – His late point capped off a good days work by the Ardee man, who got in from the start in Kevin Carr’s absence. Followed Fitzpatrick, curbing his influence while also distributing the ball well. Knew his limits and kept everything simple which meant no passes went astray in the difficult underfoot conditions: 6
  5. Derek Maguire – Not quite as impressive as last week, but still cut out a fair bit of ball. Tried a few passes, some from frees, that were simply too risky on such a wet day. Failed to get into position to get cracks at the posts as he usually tends to do. A solid performance otherwise: 6
  6. Liam Dullaghan – Appeared to struggle early on, getting bottled up and visibly becoming anxious on the ball but once he settled down he played well. Another who rarely concedes possession and who is effective in an unassuming manner. Got through a lot of work and stood up manfully as Antrim came with waves of attack in injury time: 6
  7. Anthony Williams – His showing was typical of Louth in general in the sense that both were below their usual standards. Worked as tirelessly as ever but lacked the conviction he normally poses, especially in front of goal, either letting it skip away from him or hesitating, like he did in the 40th minutes, when in on goal: 6
  8. Tommy Durnin – The most dominant of the four centre-fielders and kicked a wonderful point to open the scoring after 10 minutes. Perhaps Lynch didn’t use his arial prowess enough though. Again, got through trojan work and dragged him team forward with incisive runs towards goal which resulted in scores: 7
  9. Declan Byrne – Having struggled to make any sort of impact in the opening 25 minutes, Kelly bellowed at Byrne that he had “five minutes,” assumedly to make an impact. And, thereafter, he improved and kicked a crucial score late-on from distance to edge Louth closer to the finishing line, this having unusually missed pot-shots earlier in the game: 6
  10. James Stewart – Quite simply being played out of position and it’s showing. Came forward with promise twice early in the second-half but was completely out of the game in the first, acting as a sweeper. His natural position is at midfield where his ball-winning capabilities would prosper: 5
  11. Páraic Smith – The sole creative spark in the Louth attack for the majority of the game with his foot-passing into Ryan Burns evident. Kicked a fine point after a monotonous spell of probing by the Reds just before half-time, although his influence dropped after the break as Louth opted to be somewhat more direct: 7
  12. Bevan Duffy – Man of the Match. Drove forward every time without hesitation and rarely gifted away possession. On one notable occasion, he managed to hold onto and release the ball to colleague despite four Antrim defenders harrying him. Scored a wonderful point from an acute angle in the first-half and stood out as being one of the few who always looked to deliver the ball forward. Called a mark to boot: 8
  13. Rúairí Moore – A good performance overall by Moore whose position has been under a bit of scrutiny. Picked up loose ball around the middle and, unlike last week where he was getting bottled up, moved it swiftly to a team mate. Got a fine point for himself having broken through in the second-half and looks likely to keep his place for the Armagh game: 7
  14. Eoin O’Connor – Scored 1-2 and was assister for countless others. Used his physicality to good effect and gathered possession no matter how difficult the conditions were. While his goal was a tap-in at the end of Smith’s pass, his points were sublime, particularly the first where he caught with one hand, turned and shot over almost in one action. It’s hard to see Jim McEneaney dislodging him if he keeps his current levels up: 5
  15. Ryan Burns – Antrim had him earmarked and kept the forward relatively quiet throughout as all of Burns’ 1-2 came from dead-ball situations. Won and converted a 52nd minute penalty having caught the ball beautifully before being pulled down by Pat Branagan. Unerring from placed kicks in the second-half and these were largely responsible for the Reds being able to keep Antrim at arms length: 7

Subs:

Adrian Reid: not on long enough to be rated

James Califf: not on long enough to be rated

 

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