Fermanagh V Westmeath 2015 Qualifier

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Team Possessions Attacks Attack % Shots Shot % Scores Success % Weighting
Fermanagh 48 37 77% 31 84% 14 45% -1.508
Westmeath 47 36 77% 25 69% 7 28% -6.793
Avg 37.0 28.7 77.7% 14.7 51.2%

An even enough game in terms of how much ball the teams had (possessions) and where they had it (attacks). The differential was in the attacking play and the accuracy of the shooting.

Once inside the 45 Fermanagh were able to get shots off (though the Shot Rate was boosted by their willingness to shoot from the wings – more of that anon) however Westmeath seemed to run out of ideas once met by Fermanagh’s defensive screen. 25 shots from 36 attacks is a low enough return.

On top of that, for the second game in a row, Westmeath’s accuracy was very poor. It was so poor that Fermanagh could have a below average outing and still win easily.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success % Weighting
Fermanagh 21 8 38% -0.845
Westmeath 17 4 24% -4.026
Avgs 21.4 9.7 45.3%

There was only one goal attempt in the game which Corrigan finished with aplomb.

There was one occasion in the first half however when Fermanagh, after overturning the ball high up the pitch, had a running overlap which they could have converted with an attacking hand pass. Instead the pass went square and Westmeath got back. Against Dublin they will need to be more aggressive.


When going for a point Fermanagh were poor converting 35% (7 from 20) with a weighting of -1.507. The main reason for this was where Fermanagh took their shots from. Only 35% were central – of the remainder Fermanagh converted 31% on 13 attempts. If you are going to shoot from wide you better have your shooting boots on – if they’re not on you better get more central.

Whilst not wishing to be overly critical of Westmeath that is now two games where they have trailed for long periods of the second half and in which they have not manufactured one shot on goal. As well as that their shooting from play was decidedly poor converting just 25% (8 from 32) of their point attempts for a combined weighting of -6.81. Combine both elements (poor shooting and no goal attempts) and you get some dismal returns from your possession.

pts per possession 31.07.2015

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success % Weighting
T Corrigan (Fermanagh) 6 5 83% +0.853
S Quigley (Fermanagh) 4 1 25% -1.516
J Connellan (Westmeath) 3 2 67% -0.295
R Connellan (Westmeath) 3 1 33% -1.062
P Sharry (Westmeath) 1 0 0% -0.621
G Egan (Westmeath) 1 0 0% -0.789

Only for Corrigan! In the first half there were 12 shots at goal from a deadball – with only four converted (33% versus an average of ~70%). The sequence is below. As the half was bookended with three points there were 8 misses from 9 attempts at one stage.

Point, Point, Wide, Wide, Wide, Wide, Point, Wide, Short, Wide, Wide, Point

Corrigan converted all five of his frees with the only miss being a rather rash attempt from a sideline ball.

Heslin being out proved a big hurdle for Westmeath to overcome and this was no more evident than when they turned down three opportunities for a shot at goal from a free inside Fermanagh’s 45. You have to imagine Heslin would have gotten two of them thus boosting Westmeath and placing great pressure on Fermanagh – in that first half particularly.


Fermanagh’s kickouts Won % Turned into an attack % Shot %
Fermanagh 10 56% 7 70% 5 50%
Westmeath 8 44% 8 100% 6 75%
Westmeath’s kickouts Won % Turned into an attack % Shot %
Fermanagh 10 34% 9 90% 7 70%
Westmeath 19 66% 15 79% 11 58%

We missed one of Fermanagh’s kickouts. Of the remaining 17 three went short meaning that of the 14 “contestable” kickouts Westmeath won the battle 8 – 6. This will have to be an area of concern going in to the next day..


Team giving up the ball Pass In the Tackle Shot Other
Fermanagh 11 4 1 3
Westmeath 10 8 6 1

Nothing too earth shattering here though Fermanagh did give up three turnovers inside their own 65 which Westmeath were unable to convert to a score. They will have to mind the ball better against Dublin

Players with >= 3 shots from play

Shots Scores Success % Weighting
T Corrigan (Fermanagh) 5 3 60% +0.920
S Quigley (Fermanagh) 4 1 25% -0.729
S Dempsey (Westmeath) 4 1 25% -0.979
D McCusker (Fermanagh) 3 2 67% +0.807
J Connellan (Westmeath) 3 2 67% +0.733

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One Response to “Fermanagh V Westmeath 2015 Qualifier”

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