Laois V Meath

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Return Vs Expected
Laois 34 30 88% 16 53% +2.11
Meath 32 23 72% 13 57% -0.49
avg 38.5 27.6 71.7% 13.9 50.4% 0.00

Allowances can be made for the low level of possessions given the conditions that afflicted this game. With that in mind Justin McNulty will be happy with his team’s body of work in Tullamore. When Laois had the wind in the first half they built a good lead with Strong, Munnelly & Quigley all landing points from outside the 45m line.

A note of caution however has to be struck. Yes this was a very good win for them however it is unlikely that they will have a Shot Rate of 88% again this Summer. Given that a Success Rate on their shooting of just about average will probably not suffice against the better teams. The positive Expected Return on their shooting can probably all be attributed to the three points from outside the 45m line – their shooting outside that was average. If, as we expect, they don’t maintain the very high shot rate they will have to be more accurate with their shooting.

From play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Vs Expected
Laois 24 13 54% +2.53
Meath 11 4 36% -0.92
avg 20.5 9.2 44.9% 0.00

From deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Vs Expected
B Farrell (Meath) 10 8 80% +0.70
S Bray (Meath) 1 1 100% +0.24
J Sheridan (Meath) 1 0 0% -0.51
C Kelly (Laois) 3 1 33% -0.50
MJ Tierney (Laois) 2 1 50% -0.41
R Munnelly (Laois) 1 1 100% +0.49
team avgs 7.2 4.8 66.2% 0.00

Laois are more physical than in previous years however they will need to get their tackling under control against Dublin.

Laois only coughed up 4 scores from play however they offered up 11 shots from frees (Sheridan’s deadball was a 45). If their tackling is not more disciplined (or de we say it cynical so that they don’t foul in scoring range) then they will be in trouble against Dublin. Although we have seen the Dublin forwards take a collective day off previously – vs. Wexford – it is hard to see them only scoring 4 times from play. Laois cannot afford to give away 9 points from deadballs again this Summer.

In the Dublin-Meath game I commented on how only getting 17 shots from play was poor for a forward line with the talent of Meath. This game was no better. Whilst the traditionalists laud Meath for their long ball approach it is plainly not working for them at present. In two games they have gotten less shots off than average and their Success Rate on the shots they did get off was poor as well. If Banty survives into 2013 they will need to review their gameplan.

Players with >= 2 shots from play

Shots Scores Success Rate Vs Expected
R Munnelly (Laois) 5 4 80% +1.88
P Clancy (Laois) 5 2 40% -0.06
C Begley (Laois) 3 1 33% -0.32
G Reilly (Meath) 2 1 50% +0.17
B Quigley (Laois) 2 1 50% +0.11
S Bray (Meath) 2 0 0% -0.71
B Farrell (Meath) 2 0 0% -0.82
J O’Loughlin (Laois) 2 0 0% -0.96

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