Cork V Dublin 2015 League final

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Team Possessions Attacks Attack % Shots Shot % Scores Success % Weighting
Cork 57 28 53% 21 75% 9 43% -1.711
Dublin 57 43 75% 33 77% 22 67% +2.969
Avg 37.0 28.7 77.7% 14.7 51.2%

Dublin will be very pleased with their day’s work but if Galvin wanted to nit-pick on something over the coming months it could be that this facile victory was built upon a second half when the game was done. In that second half their shooting returns were 12 of 15 (80%) with a weighting of +3.127. They were not clinical enough in the first half – against a better team they may find themselves in a hole with such finishing.

Still they *did* score 1-21. The above is cribbing for the sake of cribbing.

Cork on the other hand won’t be searching too hard for bulletin board material throughout the Summer. They had low shot volumes with poor execution but this all stemmed from the very low volume of attacks they had (28 to Dublin’s 43).

Although they had enough ball to be in the game they were wholly unable to use it. Cork only managed to get every other possession (53% in total) into the opposition’s 45. Dublin pressed hard up high which stifled Cork’s ability to move the ball. This was encapsulated in a little snippet around the 16th minute in the first half. About 30m out Brady hand passed a ball to McManamon but as the ball arrived McManamon slipped. Instead of lamenting his bad luck Brady chased down Cadogan, who had picked up the ball, and pressured the ensuing pass. Cadogan kicked the ball straight over the sideline – a Cork turnover, and possible counter attack, was snuffed out before it had even begun.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success % Weighting
Cork 14 3 21% -2.582
Dublin 24 14 58% +1.744
Avgs 21.4 9.7 45.3%

Perhaps the most surprising return from the game was that Dublin only managed one shot at goal from play – when Jack McCaffrey hit the post in the second half. In 2013 25% of all their shots were at goal. The new conservative Dublin or just a one off?

Elsewhere Rock, Kilkenny and Andrews were very good hitting a combined 8 from 8 with a weighting of +4.078

The most disappointing aspect of the day was Cork’s exceptionally poor shooting. Hurley & O’Neill are two of the best marksmen in the game but they were 1 from 5 on the day. Daniel Goulding missed three as well for good measure.

As a whole Cork only had nine point attempts from play converting one. Although the shooting was undoubtedly affected by the limited volume Cork’s problems were not solely limited to moving the ball up the pitch.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success % Weighting
D Rock (Dublin) 7 7 100% +1.312
D Connolly (Dublin) 1 1 100% +0.182
S Cluxton (Dublin) 1 1 100% -0.269
C O’Neill (Cork) 5 5 100% +1.410
B Hurley (Cork) 1 1 100% +0.064
J Hayes (Cork) 1 0 0% -0.603
team avgs 7.2 4.9 68.7%

A good day all round with only Cluxton’s very long range free and Hayes’ last kick of the ball missing the target.

Although O’Neill converted two less than Rock his weighting comes in higher due to the nature of the frees both attempted. Only two of Rock’s seven frees came from the wings whilst O’Neill converted three from the wings – including a 45. Rock’s volume basically made up for O’Neill’s difficulty.


Corks’s kickouts Won % Turned into an attack % Shot %
Cork 24 77% 14 58% 9 38%
Dublin 7 23% 6 86% 5 71%
Dublin’s kickouts Won % Turned into an attack % Shot %
Cork 1 7% 0 0
Dublin 13 93% 10 77% 8 62%

Dublin lorded their own kickouts winning 93% (13 from 14).

Cork were also strong on their own kickout – winning 77% (24 from 31) but this drops to 65% when the short kickouts are removed. That in itself is not bad but the high volume of short kickouts is somewhat padding the stats.

Although they got their hands on the football Cork struggled to get the ball upfield once the kickout was won. Of the 23 kickouts they won inside their own half Cork only managed to move 57% ( 13 of the 23) into the opposition’s 45

Cork have been very fond of the short kickout in the past two games – 40% of the 57 kickouts dropped short of the 45 – it will be interesting to see if they persist with this method throughout the year and whether that continues into them struggling to get attacks off against better teams.

Shot Charts

Cork’s shooting
Cork shooting (v Dublin)

Dublin’s shooting
Dublin shooting (V Cork)

x = missed, disc = score, yellow = deadball, black = 1st half from play, white = 2nd half from play,

Players with >= 3 shots from play

Shots Scores Success % Weighting
B Brogan (Dublin) 4 2 50% -0.172
D Rock (Dublin) 3 3 100% +1.495
C Kilkenny (Dublin) 3 3 100% +1.417
K McManamon (Dublin) 3 1 33% -0.636
D Goulding (Cork) 3 0 0% -1.175
B Hurley (Cork) 3 0 0% -1.184

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