1. Eoin Culliton (Laois)
Pulled off an excellent save from Hughes at a crucial late stage of the match.
2. John Gaffey (Westmeath)
Held Kieran Donaghy scoreless in an inspired Westmeath defence.
3. Kevin Maguire (Westmeath)
Another member of the heroic Westmeath backline. He limited the Gooch to one point from play.
4. Ross Donovan (Sligo)
Was everywhere in the Sligo defence, making crucial blocks and interventions at vital moments.
5. Emmet Bolton (Kildare)
Operating at wing back, he covered a lot of ground. He played an important role in the first goal and finished his with aplomb.
6. Morgan O’Flaherty (Kildare)
Energetic and huge work rate. Got forward in support and was Kildare’s best defender.
7. Conor Boyle (Laois)
Helped his county get off to a bright start with a well taken point. Put in a good performance in a much improved team display.
8. Brendan Quigley (Laois)
The standout performer in Laois’ best display under Justin McNulty. His goal helped set the tempo for the match.
9. Barry Moran (Mayo)
Despite his late sending off he was the man of the match. Showed excellent handling skills in the air and on the ground.
10. Eoghan O’Flaherty (Kildare)
Played a major part in a high scoring half forward line. Very reliable with placed balls.
11. Mikey Conway (Kildare)
His first half goal illustrated everything good about Kildare’s style. Scored a couple of nice points too.
12. Kieran Martin (Westmeath)
Gave the Kerry defence a torrid time and chipped in with some good points.
13. Alan Smith (Kildare)
Man of the match for Kildare. He scored 1-5 and was in the thick of the action all day.
14. Tomás O Connor (Kildare)
Didn’t get on the scoresheet but worked tirelessly to create scoring opportunities for his team mates.
15. Owen Mulligan (Tyrone)
Led from the front. His point on 30 minutes was the catalyst for Tyrone’s revival.
It was the perfect result for Munster rugby as they played with...