Kerry V Tyrone

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Return Vs Expected
Kerry 37 30 81% 17 57% +3.06
Tyrone 23 16 70% 6 38% -1.53
avg 38.5 27.6 71.7% 13.9 50.4% 0.00

In 70 minutes of football Tyrone only managed to have control of the ball 23 times inside Kerry’s 45m line. That there is the game. In 50 games charted to date there has never been a return so low. You just cannot win a game, let alone one in Fitzgerald Stadium, with so little attacking ball.

These low numbers can be attributed to excellent tight marking from the Kerry backs; to Maher & Sheehan lording possession in midfield; to Galvin & co. sweeping up the breaking all. All are true to a degree however a good team, and Tyrone are a good team, can’t be that poor at getting the ball into the attacking third without something being fundamentally “off”. Kerry are not ‘back’ by beating an off colour Tyrone – they had just never gone away as their defeat to Cork had been sensationalised.

From play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Vs Expected
Kerry 23 13 57% +3.52
Tyrone 14 5 36% -1.08
avg 20.5 9.2 44.9% 0.00

From deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Vs Expected
B Sheehan (Kerry) 6 3 50% -0.52
C Cooper (Kerry) 1 1 100% +0.06
M Penrose (Tyrone) 1 1 100% +0.06
Joe MacMahon (Tyrone) 1 0 0% -0.51
team avgs 7.2 4.8 66.2% 0.00

In the Cork V Kerry review I intimated that Kerry hadn’t fallen off a level but that Cork had stepped up. Kerry missed a few 45s that day and had Brian Sheehan played the game might have taken on a different complexion. That of course assumed Sheehan would hit those 45s. He is one of the most stylish practitioners of the deadball art however in this game, and the Tipperary one, his accuracy has been off. In tighter games (like the aforementioned Cork game) he will need to up his Success Rate.

Enough of the glass half full on Kerry – their shooting from play was exemplary (with the exception of Tomás O’Sé!). Declan O’Sullivan hit three from three; Cooper gave glimpses as to why Emmet Bolton tweeted that he was the best player in the game and Donaghy got his campaign up and running. O’Donoghue wasn’t as involved as those three but he was very economical with his shooting. All in all an excellent days work.

Players with >= 2 shots from play

  Shots Scores Success Rate Vs Expected
C Cooper (Kerry) 6 4 67% +1.31
K Donaghy (Kerry) 4 2 50% +0.11
Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) 3 3 100% +1.86
T O’Sé (Kerry) 3 0 0% -0.42
J O’Donoghue 2 2 100% +1.11
R McCurry (Tyrone) 2 1 50% +0.29
Séan O’Neill (Tyrone) 2 1 50% +0.02
Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) 2 0 0% -0.77
O Mulligan (Tyrone) 2 0 0% -0.78

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