Galway V Mayo 2015 Connacht Championship

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 Attacks Attack % Shots Shot % Scores Success % Weighting
Galway 43 26 60% 21 81% 10 48% -1.726
Mayo 47 29 62% 22 76% 14 64% +0.688
Avg 37.0 28.7 77.7% 14.7 51.2%

First up some housekeeping – neither the own goal nor the Moran point in the first few minutes are represented in the above numbers (apart from a possession for Mayo on Moran’s point). Neither was a shot – irrespective of what Mayo fans might have you think!

Overall it was a poor enough game – 89 possessions is low. Whist this can be indicative of a defensive game, where both teams hold onto the ball probing the defences looking for an opening, this was not the case here. Both teams only managed to get ~60% of their possessions in to an attack not because of great defence but due to poor passing.

Mayo’s shooting looks exceptional with a Conversion Rate of 64% but this is almost entirely down to the volume of easy frees they had. And the very low volume of shots they took.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success % Weighting
Galway 15 5 33% -1.798
Mayo 9 6 67% +2.348
Avgs 21.4 9.7 45.3%

Galway had four attempts at goal scoring 2 – 00 however only converted 27% (3/11) of their point attempts. In the second half they only had three attempts at a point with all coming from inside the 20m line – they missed all three.

However sparse that may be Mayo only attempted 9 shots from play with the sub Ronaldson being the only player to try more than one. They didn’t manufacture a goal chance either (O’Shea was dispossessed prior to the own goal). I know they garnered a lot of frees from their attacks but still ….

From a Mayo perspective those four goal attempts will be a concern. Below is a snapshot just before Cummins’ fisted attempt at the back post. Although the effort came from a punt, and was not constructed per se, there is still no way the opposition’s main shooter should be so free four points up with 10 minutes to go


Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success % Weighting
C O’Connor (Mayo) 12 8 75% -1.039
K McLoughlin (Mayo) 1 0 0% -0.621
P Conroy (Galway) 3 3 100% +0.339
G Sice (Galway) 2 2 100% +0.227
D Comer (Galway) 1 0 0% -0.494
team avgs 7.2 4.9 68.7%

In the Derry – Down game there were 19 shots from deadballs. Ulster football eh?

Of the eleven frees that Mayo attempted A O’Shea was fouled five times (Hanley x3, O’Donnell & Duane x1 each). It was brainless from Galway at times as given O’Shea’s position the frees were always going to be tap overs. Frees in front of the goal are converted at ~94%.

O’Connor may have scored 0 – 08 from frees but he actually had quite a poor day. Six of his scores were from Sector8 in front of the goal with a further one coming from inside the 20m line. He attempted 5 shots from outside the 20m line missing 4.

So even though he had a high score he gets a poor weighting due to the mix of his frees – six simple ones but missing 3 “gettable” (we won’t count the sideline attempt as “gettable”)

Galway got the frees they were expected to and missed the one 50:50 – evens out as an average game.


Galway’s kickouts Won % Turned into an attack % Shot %
Galway 13 62% 6 46% 4 31%
Mayo 8 38% 5 63% 4 50%
Mayo’s kickouts Won % Turned into an attack % Shot %
Galway 5 29% 3 60% 3 60%
Mayo 12 71% 7 58% 6 50%

Although Galway won the majority of their own kickouts they had great difficulty in moving the ball into an attacking position. Ten of their 13 wins (on their own kickout) happened past the 45 – but they only managed to convert three of those into shots.

Mayo went short on three of their first four kickouts but then seemed to switch – the next 14 went past the 45. Of those 14 Mayo won 9 helping themselves to 0 – 04 directly from those possessions.

Shot Charts

Galway’s shooting
Galway shooting (V Mayo) 15

Mayo’s shooting
Mayo shooting (V Galway) 15
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
D Cummins (Galway) 6 2 33% -0.773
G Sice (Galway) 4 2 50% +0.240
P Conroy (Galway) 3 0 0% -1.267

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