Louth Player Ratings vs Westmeath
Louth Player Ratings vs Westmeath
By Caoimhín Reilly
A closer insight into the performances of the Louth players from today’s 1-09 – 0-11 win over Westmeath in the O’Byrne Cup.
- Craig Lynch – Impressive display. The Naomh Martin stopper pulled off a crucial save with his feet to deny Shane Dempsey midway through the first-half to keep Louth within distance. Lynch seems to be growing into the jersey with every game, his handling and distribution were of the highest calibre on the day: 8
- Padraig Rath – Faced with numerous different opponents, the Louth captain proved why he is the county’s best defender. Along with his ability to defend and organise, Rath was able to get involved in attacking moves too which culminated in him scoring a point: 7
- Patrick Reilly – Another to have been dragged around the field, tasked with stopping the rampaging Kieran Martin shortly after throw-in and managed to do so. A steady option and another who is an integral part of the defence: 7
- Kevin Carr – On debut, the 19-year-old coped very well and looks adept to the physical nature of adult football. The Blues defender managed Callum McCormack well in the opening-half, getting his hand in to dislodge possession on occasions. A solid start: 7
- Derek Maguire – Last year’s Player of the Year saw his game cut short 48 minutes in having received a black card for cynically hacking down John Heslin. Before that though the Irelander’s running machine wasn’t having the affect that we’d come to expect. Broke well at times linking with Declan Byrne but failed to stop much in his sweeping position: 6
- Darren McMahon – The Mochtas man went unnoticed for the majority of his time on the field, that’s not to say that he wasn’t doing a good job though but in the crowded central corridor with which he was operating in it wold be difficult to stand-out. Struggled with the physicality of Martin early-on but a player very comfortable in possession: 6
- Anthony Williams – Despite having a miss of the year contender in the second-half, seeing his palmed effort rebound off the crossbar from a yard-out, the Dreadnots defender was decent. More effective in an attacking sense, Williams was integral to creating the opening for Louth’s goal. Kept his man scoreless: 6
- Conor Martin – Lasted only seven minutes before being black-carded: not on long enough to be rated
- Tommy Durnin – It’s good to see Durnin back in the red jersey having missed last year’s championship. Conceded possession on occasions early on by carrying into traffic, but the Westerns player was highly important to the Reds’ eventual victory.: 6
- Declan Byrne – Byrne is without doubt our most capable player at the current time. Today was by no means a vintage display by him but in the end his impact was telling. It was the little things that he does that make the telling influences. His link-up play in tight spaces, incisive forward passing and spatial awareness were key. All of our free-flowing moves involved him somewhere along the line: 8
- Paraic Smith: Another to make a return to the Louth jersey in Mullingar, Smith played well. A very clever operator, although he was guilty of shooting some forgettable wides particularly before half-time. More suited to a withdrawn role which allows him to use his creativity to the utmost, but certainly a player who is capable of producing: 7
- Bevan Duffy: The Fechins man works very hard and was involved in many good phases of intricate passing play but tends to take too much out of the ball at times. Not blessed with the jink or pace to evade a series of defenders but he makes up for this with an unquenchable workrate: 7
- Conal McKeever: A player with huge potential going forward, McKeever was another to play an important role in Cusack Park. Seemed to cover every blade of grass but had limited impact in his attacking half, although the service to him at times was non-existent when he was in a scoring position. Certainly, a man that Colin Kelly can trust: 6
- Derek Crilly: The main reason that Crilly wasn’t given Man of the Match was because there wasn’t enough ball given to him. However, with the limited supply he received he made a telling impact. Scoring a goal, a breath-taking point along with setting up others for chances, Crilly could be the attacking vocal point in the absence of Conor Grimes in 2017. Didn’t put a foot wrong: 8
- Ronan Holdcroft: Holdcroft is a player who had been on the fringes of the team/panel for a number of years now without really taking or being given a meaningful chance to play. His scoring noose is undoubted, as is his workrate but with Ryan Burns to come back he may struggle to nail down this position: 7
James Califf: Played over an hour by replacing Martin and continued where he left off in Derry last July. A solid, hard-working performance from the Dreadnots midfielder who always seems to arrive on cue when needed for a stranded team mate. Scored two-points: 7
Darren Marks: Fitted into defence for Maguire who went off on a black card and was doing well on his debut up until he was black-carded himself for an identical foul on Heslin. Lasted only 17 minutes: 5
Ronan Carroll, Ross Nally, Ruairi Moore: Each got 10 minutes without making any significant impact.
John Bingham & David Finn: Not on long enough to be rated.