Cavan V Monaghan 2013

For those new to the blog, or who haven’t been here for a while, please find a refresher on the definitions and how the numbers are compiled here


Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Cavan 32 24 75% 12 50% -1.017
Monaghan 33 28 85% 11 39% -2.394
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

There are two ways of looking at this from a Monaghan perspective. The positive slant is that they were very good at converting possession to shots , which they will need to be against Donegal, and they won a tight game whilst shooting poorly. There is room for improvement.

On the other hand their Success Rate was poor and without McManus it was *very* poor (26% Success Rate with a weighting of -3.716).

Cavan were a tad below average on all metrics but had quite a negative weighting given this. This is indicative of the fact that the majority of the scores they did get were in the ‘easier’ category .

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Cavan 17 7 41% -0.757
Monaghan 18 6 33% -1.079
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

Pretty poor returns for both teams. McManus stood out (3 from 5 shots with a weighting of +1.170) for Monaghan as did Keating, though for opposite reasons, for Cavan.

Towards the end of the game, whilst trailing by just the one point, Keating took two shots centrally from outside the 45m. Keating has the skill set to do this as his returns against Donegal (here) last year showed however in this instance he may have been better served following Cavan’s pattern earlier in the game of recycling the ball looking for a better shot.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
C McManus (Monaghan) 4 3 75% +0.152
P Finlay (Monaghan) 3 2 67% -0.119
R Beggan (Monaghan) 2 0 0% -0.8
K Hughes (Monaghan) 1 0 0% -0.548
M Dunne (Cavan) 4 2 50% -1.07
N McDermott (Cavan) 2 2 100% +0.310
C Gilsenan (Cavan) 1 1 100% +0.5
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

Up until the 30th minute both defences had shown considerable discipline in the tackle, in their own half, allowing only two shots from frees. Things kind of went downhill for the remaining 40 minutes with a further 14 shots at goal emanating from frees. The volume was undoubtedly enhanced by both teams calling on their goalkeepers to take long-range attempts but neither team will want to replicate this again this season. Especially Monaghan against the deadly duo of Murphy & McFadden.

Dunne’s returns are hit by the curse of the sideline again. Just to recap we do not have enough sideline attempts charted to give them a separate weighting therefore they are counted as being frees. A bit harsh on Dunne to call his sideline a “missed free from inside the 21m” but that’s what it currently is.

Shot Charts
Cavan’s shooting

Cavan Shooting

Monaghan’s shooting

Monaghan shooting

x = missed, disc = score, yellow = deadball, white = play

Cavan-Monaghan kickouts

An “old fashioned” kickout battle as only 4 out of the 42 kickouts charted were kicked short. Perhaps the early goal that emanated from a short kickout gone awry had an impact on this.

Cavan had the better of the kickout exchanges winning more and converting more of those wins to possessions. What was more remarkable was that 8 of their 13 points came directly from kickout possessions. They scored a point on a 3rd of kickouts won; conversely Monaghan only scored on 17% ( three from 18) of the possessions they won from kickouts. They did of course score their goal.

Players with >= 2 shots from play

Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
C McManus (Monaghan) 5 3 60% +1.170
E Keating (Cavan) 5 1 20% -1.167
D Givney (Cavan) 3 2 67% +0.536
K Hughes (Monaghan) 3 1 33% -0.155
C McGuinness (Monaghan) 3 1 33% -0.162
C Mackey (Cavan) 3 1 33% -0.289
T Freeman (Monaghan) 3 0 0% -1.149
D Hughes (Monaghan) 2 1 50% +0.079
M Dunne (Cavan) 2 1 50% -0.103
D O’Reilly (Cavan) 2 0 0% -0.986

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