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Kildare V Tyrone 2013

July 25, 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

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Kildare 34 28 82% 12 43% -0.7048
Tyrone 33 25 76% 12 48% -2.322
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%  

There’s some numbers that might surprise! Tyrone won by two points, and for 55 of the 70 minutes had kept Kildare at an easy arms length, but judging by the raw numbers you would deem them to have fallen over the line.

This game had some very strange idiosyncrasies which no doubt fed into the overall weightings. You had a woeful Kildare shooting performance except for 10 minutes in the second half when they went 5 for 5, a very rare occurrence in a saved penalty, and a sideline converted when the player wasn’t shooting.

We will review the affects of the penalty and sideline in the deadball section but first we’ll take a look at Kildare’s splits.

Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
1st Half 18 16 89% 4 25% -2.814
2nd Half 16 12 75% 8 67% +2.109

Kildare’s shooting was atrocious in that first half. The worst shooting performance in this year’s Championship was probably Roscommon’s against Mayo where they recorded a Success Rate of 35% & a weighting of -3.912 (Tyrone themselves had a Success Rate of 34% against Donegal but not as bad a weighting). Kildare in that first half were on track to smash both.

They completely turned it around at the start of the second half, scoring 6 points from 7 shots (and only 8 possessions). The problem thereafter was that they only managed to engineer a further 4 shots (excluding Johnston’s sideline) in c 20 minutes.

Tyrone themselves had a pretty poor second half with three of their five points coming from easy frees. O’Neill, McCurry & Mark Donnelly all missed chances from inside the 21m line as well as the penalty save.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Kildare 20 7 35% -0.7263
Tyrone 15 5 33% -1.583
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%  

Tyrone’s shooting from play was worse than Kildare’s. Now that is due in part to the fact that Kildare were at their most successful when chasing a lead which leads to a better weighting (see here) however there was some strange shot selections as well. O’Neill (x2) & Sean Cavanagh both took shots tight to the endline. They have the skill to pull the spectacular off but 3 times? They may have been better recycling those chances.

Kildare’s real problems came from a sector to the right of the goal. Kildare attempted ten shots within a small area covering sectors 4 & 7 and converted two. On a good game a team would convert 5 or 6 of these; on an average day 4 – so whilst ideally you would like to see some of those shot attempts recycled to more advantageous positions there was no real issue with taking the shot – it was just poor execution.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
D McCurry (Tyrone) 4 3 75% -0.579
S Cavanagh (Tyrone) 3 3 100% +0.476
M Penrose (Tyrone) 1 1 100% +0.274
S O’Neill (Tyrone) 1 0 0% -0.391
Joe McMahon (Tyrone) 1 0 0% -0.519
J Doyle (Kildare) 6 4 67% +0.228
S Johnston (Kildare) 1 1 100% +0.274
E O’Flaherty (Kildare) 1 0 0% -0.481
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%  

Tyrone do like to spread the wealth when it comes to shooting from deadballs – I’m not sure we’ll see too many games where five different players get to have an attempt. Séan Cavanagh had a good game whilst McCurry gets hammered on the weightings for his one miss because the three frees he made were so simple he got next to no benefit from them.

Stephen O’Neill didn’t score in this game but his hidden value was instrumental in Tyrone’s win. He won a 45 and four frees from which Tyrone scored on each.

Penalties in GAA are considered easier to convert than soccer so it may be somewhat surprising to see a miss equated with missing a 45. This is due to the fact that we have so few penalties tracked. I made a call to treat penalties as a shot for goal from play rather than as a free – this probably overplays the difficulty of converting a penalty and as such when one is missed the weighting doesn’t truly convey how poor that miss was (conversely if one is successfully converted the player will get too high a weighting).

Kildare’s deadball striking has been a problem for quite a while and again today, excluding the sideline at the end, it was below average.

Seanie Johnston’s sideline at the end of the second half was bizarre. I wasn’t going to put it in as a shot but in the end did – I’m still not convinced I should have! What I found strangest was that he had a practice attempt and landed it basically on the square.

Typical of Kildare’s season that the most egregious shooting error should be one from which they scored!

Shot Charts

You can see the aforementioned three shots from very, very tight angles for Tyrone. As well as that there were few shots from central locations – a curate’s egg of a performance that led to the poor returns.
Kildare’s shooting

Kildare shooting

Tyrone’s shooting

Tyrone shooting

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

Kickouts
Kil-Tyr kickouts

Kildare’s kickout returns look healthy however they went short on 8 of their own kickouts. They were quite effective moving the ball from these short kickouts gaining five shots. At times these kickout routines can be fraught, with the odd one going astray, but even if it does you may be better taking that one misplaced attempt on the chin that abandoning the ploy. When Kildare went passed the 45 with their kickout the possession was 50:50 and the volume of shots 4-3 in Kildare’s favour.

Tyrone only went short on one of their kickouts (which didn’t produce a shot). They were much more effective at their mid to long kickouts gaining a shot differential of +4 … overall when the kickout went past the 45 Tyrone won possession on 55% (20 to 16) but managed to get three more shots off ( 11 to 8).

Players with >= 2 shots from play

  Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Matthew Donnelly (Tyrone) 5 2 40% +0.103
N Kelly (Kildare) 4 2 50% +0.189
P Cribben (Kildare) 4 1 25% -0.601
J Doyle (Kildare) 3 2 67% 0.868
E O’Flaherty (Kildare) 3 1 33% -0.041
P O’Neill (Kildare) 3 1 33% -0.144
S Cavanagh (Tyrone) 3 1 33% -0.394
Mark Donnelly (Tyrone) 2 1 50% -0.330
S O’Neill (Tyrone) 2 0 0% -0.831

Monaghan V Donegal 2013

July 22, 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

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Monaghan 36 25 69% 13 52% +1.0027
Donegal 31 21 68% 7 33% -3.696
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

Monaghan’s Success Rate was average but their positive weighting shows that they converted more difficult shots than is the norm. This, in the main, can be attributed to their deadball striking as their shooting from play was average.

Donegal on the other hand had a very uncharacteristically inefficient day. Against Tyrone & Down they converted 67% of their shots; here it was a below par 42%.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but the signs of this type of game were there. The average number of shots in a game is 27 – in their last two outings Donegal only had 18 apiece. In this game they had 19 shots plus two scrambles at a goal (McGlynn’s overhead flick & Murphy’s toe poke) … such consistent low levels of shooting are not conducive to chasing a lead.

The difference in the start of both teams was striking. Monaghan came out as if scalded scoring four points from their first four possessions. Donegal had two shots in the first 20 minutes. After that initial scoring burst Monaghan basically held Donegal at arm’s length.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Monaghan 18 8 44% -0.1109
Donegal 14 3 21% -2.66
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

The average number of shots from play in a game is 20. With the most recent outing first here are Donegal’s Championship returns, covering all of last year’s games and the three thus far this year with the Success Rate for each game in brackets,

14 (21%), 11 (67%), 12 (67%), 16 (44%), 23 (43%), 18 (44%), 20 (50%), 17 (41%), 14 (29%), 22 (41%)

Donegal had a perfect storm against Monaghan – low level of shots followed by very poor accuracy.

In the two games to date the Big3 – Murphy, McFadden & McBrearty – had taken a phenomenal 74% (17/23) of Donegal’s shots from play. They had succeeded in those games despite this obvious ploy by being selective with what shots they took as well as being deadly accurate.

Monaghan contained these three to four shots. Donegal had to be expecting some team to do this but what was surprising was that no one else stood up. Last year the Donegal shooters outside of the Big3 were actually more accurate as a combined force (see Donegal’s ’12 season previewed here) however in this game they were also lackluster – hitting 30% (3/10)

What of Monaghan? Against Cavan they were poor only hitting 33% (6 from 18) from play. They improved that here but were still only average. It was their deadball striking, and ability to keep Donegal’s volume of shots down, that were the spearheads of this victory.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
C McManus (Monaghan) 3 3 100% +0.9396
R Beggan (Monaghan) 4 2 50% +0.174
C McFadden (Donegal) 7 4 57% -1.037
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

Excellent work from McManus & Beggan. A feature of last year’s Championship run was how poorly opposition deadball strikers did against Donegal (see here). There has been a mixed bag to date in this year’s Championship; Morgan’s struggles have been well documented in the Tyrone game whilst O’Hare had a very good game last time out for Down.

When playing as tenacious a team as Donegal, one that brings you into an arm wrestle no matter what you may want to do, it is imperative that you keep the scoreboard ticking over. No team has managed to do that from deadballs against Donegal as well as Monaghan.

McFadden missed six deadballs in seven games last year (21/27 – 78%). He missed three in this game and is at five for the three games played to date.

Shot Charts
Monaghan’s shooting

Monaghan shooting

Donegal’s shooting

Donegal shooting

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

Kickouts
Mon-Don kickouts

There were 39 kickouts in total but coverage of them was not great. We didn’t get to see one sequence in its entirety and missed the length (short, mid, long) on another three.

Bearing that in mind that is still a healthy enough return for Donegal. Their own kickout possession returns are padded by the fact that they hit eight short, thus gaining easy possession, however they were able to work four of those eight into a shooting opportunity. Given that they enabled Monaghan to have three shots off the remainder of their kickouts they may have been better off kicking them all short.

Monaghan were much longer on their own kickout. This work a treat until midway through the second half as they won possession on 83% (10 from 12) of them and got 4 more shots from those kickouts as compared to Donegal’s one. The tide turned thereafter with Donegal winning possession on five of Monaghan’s final seven kickouts however Monaghan limited the damage by getting shots off from the two that they did win.

Players with >= 2 shots from play
A wonderful outing from Hughes with the timing of his three points, right at the start of the second half, ensuring Monaghan kept their lead against an expected Donegal onslaught after half time.

Donegal’s big three – Murphy, McFadden & McBrearty – only had four shots from play with Murphy’s being no more than a reactionary toe poke. Monghan’s defence was excellent at denying them time & space.

Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
K Hughes (Monaghan) 4 3 75% +1.044
R Kavanagh (Donegal) 4 1 25% -0.631
P Donaghy (Monaghan) 3 1 33% -0.282
D Mone (Monaghan) 3 1 33% -0.342
F McGlynn (Donegal) 2 1 50% +0.320
D Hughes (Monaghan) 2 1 50% +0.163
C McGuinness (Monaghan) 2 1 50% -0.106
R Bradley (Donegal) 2 0 0% -0.785
P McBrearty (Donegal) 2 0 0% -0.957

Kildare V Louth 2013

July 19, 2013

Kildare-Louth was not on the TV but Brendan Coffey (@coffeybrendan on Twitter) of the Kildare Nationalist very kindly forwarded the stats from the game. So as a precursor to the Kildare-Tyrone game please find Brendan’s analysis here

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate
Kildare 49 35 71% 20 57%
Louth 37 28 76% 15 54%
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

On the face of it Kildare enjoyed a comfortable win against Louth but just like their previous game against Dublin, the scoreline didn’t reveal how lucky the Lilies were in both games.

In their Leinster semi-final, a 16-point defeat was bad but not as bad as it could have been for Kildare considering the 16 goal chances Dublin had in that game. It was also telling that after taking an early five-point lead, Kildare lost the remaining 60 minutes by 21 points. While Kildare managed to get the right side of the scoreline against Louth, their seven point winning margin did not reflect the difficulties they had for three-quarters of the game.

With ten minutes left the sides were level at 15 points each but Kildare scored an unanswered 1-5 in the final 11 minutes to leave Newbridge with the win. However, take out that final flurry and you see another worrying trend for the Lilies.

For a team that enjoys so much possession in games thanks to a strong midfield and a reliable kickout strategy, Kildare are struggling to make the most of all that ball. Their shot rate against Louth (71%) was well behind their opponents (76%), who had 12 less attacks than Kildare.

Before Kildare went on that free-scoring roll late in the second half, their shot rate was 69%, which was worryingly similar to their shot rate against Dublin, which was also under 70%. To the naked eye, Kildare struggle when they have to recycle the ball up front – unless they get their shot away with the first wave of attackers, they seem unable to unlock the opposition’s defence when the support players come from deep.

With players like Padraig O’Neill and Daryl Flynn in their midfield – both of whom scored long-range points from play against Louth – this shouldn’t be as big a problem as it is for Kildare.
Kildare didn’t have this problem in the league – in the league semi-final against Tyrone they had a shot rate of 85% and it was their inaccuracy that let them down. Similarly when the sides met earlier in the league at Newbridge, Kildare’s attack managed 38 shots – 24 in the second half which included an incredible 17 misses – and lost by six points to a Tyrone team that scored 1-13 from 28 shots.

At the back there are worrying signs too. Dublin’s shot rate was 82 per cent against Kildare while Offaly and Louth had shot rates in the mid-70s. Kildare are giving up too many chances, even against inferior opposition. Against a defence as mean as Donegal’s, Tyrone managed a 78% shot rate so it’s clear they’ll get plenty of chances this weekend

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate
Kildare 27 16 59%
Louth 20 12 60%
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

Both sides were impressive from play in what was a very open and entertaining game of football. Again Kildare will be concerned about their opponent’s success from play although a lot of that was down to a phenomenal display from Louth’s Ciaran Byrne, who kicked five points from play and was four from four in the first half. A number of those shots were kicked under extreme pressure so the Kildare defence will have escaped censure during their video analysis earlier this week.

(N.B. Byrne’s shooting (5/7 from play) against Kildare will be long forgotten come September but it’s worth noting his performance his as a real highlight of the championship).
Kildare’s Eoghan O’Flaherty is growing in importance to the team. He was one of the few players to come out of the Dublin game with credit and his returns from play this year have been excellent. He kicked four from five against Offaly, two from four against Dublin and three from four against Louth, including a sublime effort off the outside of his right foot on the right wing in the final minute of last Saturday’s qualifier game.

Scoring goals was not a problem for Kildare in the National League but the green flags have dried up in the championship. 12 goals in eight league games was a superb return against Division 1 opposition but they’ve only netted two from their three championship games to date.

Full-forward Tomas O’Connor was a huge factor in a lot of those league goals but after a disappointing performance against Offaly – his two clearcut goal chances were saved – he was dropped for the Dublin game. It’s clear that Kieran McGeeney faces a dilemma with O’Connor – he makes goal chances but misses too many. Brought in as a sub against Louth in the 31st minute, four minutes later he had a shot at goal saved by Shane McCoy.

However O’Connor eventually came good in the 66th minute when he rounded McCoy for his first goal of the championship at the fourth attempt. What was interesting about his goal, as opposed to the other three chances he’s had this year, is that the chance came about by accident rather than design.

Whereas O’Connor was put through on goal by deliberate attacking moves for his first three attempts, his goal resulted from a poor attempt at a point by Alan Smith. Smith’s shot ballooned up into the air and it was O’Connor’s persistence – and considerable frame – that allowed him to gather the ball before using his strength to get past McCoy.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate
J Doyle (Kildare) 2 2 100%
E O’Flaherty (Kildare) 1 0 0%
M Conway (Kildare) 5 2 40%
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

Free-taking is another concern for Kildare. Mikey Conway was recalled for the Louth game and handed responsibility for deadballs but with just two from five, he was withdrawn after 42 minutes. John Doyle had sole responsibility against Offaly and hit a decent return (4/6) but his form collapsed against Dublin, where he missed one from the 20-metre line in front of the posts, not far from the right-hand upright. He remains Kildare’s best option though and landed a spectacular free from long-range against Louth to begin their late scoring rally.

Dublin V Meath 2013

July 16, 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

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Dublin 47 39 83% 17 44% -1.550
Meath 35 28 80% 14 50% -0.9566
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

A mixed bag from Dublin with very high levels of Possessions & Shots – second in both categories just behind their own performance against Westmeath – but poor shooting as evidenced by a Success Rate of 44%.

The poor Dublin shooting cannot be attributed to excellent Meath defending (though one sector did prove resilient – more of that anon) as there was pressure on only 55% (15 /27) of Dublin’s shots which is below what the top teams would produce. Dublin’s radar just happened to be off centre.

Meath’s returns are in line with the average but this is skewed somewhat by the final 10 minutes when they were chasing the game. After the second goal Meath had eight possessions but only got a shot off with four of them and only scored on one.

Prior to that period Meath had a Shot Rate of 89% and a Success Rate of 54% – their shooting was excellent and it was this, combined with Dublin’s profligacy, that allowed them to stay as close as they did, for as long as they did, whilst Dublin enjoyed such numerical advantage in terms of possessions & shots.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Dublin 27 10 37% -1.383
Meath 20 9 45% -0.4108
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

After the opening salvo of 1-01 Dublin went approx. 30 minutes in the first half taking nine shots from play and scoring once. Yes they did come out in the second half and improve – Conversion Rate of 45% from 15 shots – but as the competition hots up you will not be able to get away with such long periods of profligacy.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
S Cluxton (Dublin) 7 3 43% -0.347
P Mannion (Dublin) 2 2 100% +0.429
B Brogan (Dublin) 2 1 50% -0.403
D Rock (Dublin) 1 1 100% +0.155
M Newman (Meath) 8 5 63% -0.546
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

There were quite a number of shots at goal from deadballs. This is probably more an indicator of both team’s confidence in their long-range strikers than a side effect on the game itself. Remove 45s and shots from 40m or greater and the total volume drops to twelve.

Newman recovered well after missing the first two frees to convert five from five – the final miss was a shot at goal from the 21m line when Meath were chasing goals. The fact that the last free was so close to goal means that his weighting was severely affected – we cannot yet give a weighting to shots for goal from a free as I would say I have recorded less than 5 in total; instead it is treated as any normal free – remove this and he had an above average day.

Cluxton’s returns were below average. Yes he hit three nice scores from the 45m line but he also missed another 3 from the same range. Those 6 more or less even themselves out leaving the missed free out on the right hand side. Not a bad day – not a good day either.

Shot Charts
It is quite noticeable how much Dublin favoured the right hand side when shooting. Drawing an imaginary line up from the left parallelogram Dublin only took six shots from play from outside this line – and missed all six. It wasn’t just one player either – McManamon, Kilkenny, Brogan and Flynn all missed.

There was no evidence of this bias in the Westmeath game so whilst accepting it could just be random chance I would be inclined to attribute this lack of shooting to Meath’s right hand side defence.

Dublin’s shooting

Dublin shooting

Meath’s shooting

Meath shooting

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

Kickouts
Dublin-Meath kickouts

A very even battle overall but perhaps slightly surprising splits given the nature of the commentary after the game. Meath were praised for how they managed the Dublin kickouts but this may be a case of first impressions lasting. Meath won possession on the first four of Dublin’s kickouts however only won possession on 19% (3/16) of the remainder.

In their previous game against Wexford (see here) we noted how the Meath kickout was fairly predictable but that this fact alone did not necessarily make it easy to defend. So it was in this game. 89% (24/27) of O’Rourke’s kickouts went long – passed the 65m line – whilst 67% (18/27) went down the middle … yet Meath won possession on a healthy 59% of their own kickouts.

Players with >= 2 shots from play
Much praise was, rightly, heaped on Kilkenny for his performance but Mannion was excellent as well.

Reilly & Byrne had a combined Success Rate of 69% (11 from 16) against Wicklow & Wexford but only managed 2 shots against Dublin.

Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
C Kilkenny (Dublin) 6 3 50% +0.350
P Mannion (Dublin) 4 3 75% +1.340
M Newman (Meath) 4 3 75% +0.624
E Wallace (Meath) 4 2 50% +0.060
S Bray (Meath) 4 2 50% -0.057
D Connolly (Dublin) 4 1 25% -0.648
P Flynn (Dublin) 3 2 67% +0.797
J Sheridan (Meath) 2 1 50% +0.146
D Rock (Dublin) 2 1 50% +0.140
C Lenihan (Meath) 2 0 0% -0.680
B Brogan (Dublin) 2 0 0% -0.692
J McCaffrey (Dublin) 2 0 0% -0.770

Meath V Wexford 2013

July 11, 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

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Meath 35 30 86% 19 63% +2.6226
Wexford 35 31 89% 13 42% -0.3747
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

It was there for Wexford but this game was won by Meath’s superior Success Rather than lost by anything Wexford did/didn’t do. Having said that Meath’s high Success Rate is in no small way helped by Wexford continually fouling Meath forwards within Newman’s range.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Meath 19 10 53% +1.4794
Wexford 23 8 35% -3.074
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

Good returns from Meath – and even more impressive if Stephen Bray’s off day is omitted. Removing Bray from the equation (theoretical I know as he did actually take the shots!) Meath’s returns would be; Success Rate of 75% (8 out of 12) and a weighting of +2.655

Wexford’s shooting was poor. Lyng, Brosnan & Barry produced basically average returns which meant that none were able to cover for Banville’s very poor day (converted 1 of 6 chances).

Not only will Meath be concerned with the volume of shots that they conceded but when Wexford were dominant in the first half Meath only got pressure on one of their opening eight shots. This did improve from midway through the first half where Meath managed to pressure 80% of the remaining shots but with Dublin on the horizon they will need to ensure this pressure is present from throw in.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
M Newman (Meath) 11 9 82% +1.143
C Lyng (Wexford) 4 3 75% +0.114
B Brosnan (Wexford) 4 2 50% -0.787
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

Brosnan had a poor day as he missed a relatively simple free from in front of goal just before half time whilst Lyng was basically average as he also missed a simple enough free from the right on the 21m line.

Newman was excellent. A lot of frees were of the type that a good free taker would be expected to convert – the main point is that he did convert them. As a result his weighting makes this the 3rd best deadball performance in 2013 behind Murphy’s performance against Down & Goulding’s against Kerry.

Wexford’s discipline deserted them in the second half. Giving a team, that has as deadly a marksman as Newman in its ranks, 9 frees in a half is very poor. The argument is made that they were run ragged and chasing the game *but* seven of those frees came before the 60th minute and they were never more than three points behind during that period.

Shot Charts
Meath’s shooting

Meath shooting

Wexford’s shooting

Wexford shooting

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

Kickouts
Meath-Wexford kickouts

There’s not much sophistication in the Meath kickout strategy. They hit it long 95% of the time (21/22) and down the middle 73% of the time (16/22). As the above table shows however it worked for them as they got 6 more possessions and 5 more shots than Wexford from their own kickouts

They were equally adept on Wexford’s long kick outs as they won possession on 62% of those (8 out of 13). The problem in the Leinster final is that Dublin’s kickouts are a lot more sophisticated than hitting them long. On any Wexford kickout that did not go past the 65m line Meath only won possession on 17% (2 out of 12).

If Meath replicate this against Dublin then their own kickouts will be very predictable (though that does not necessarily mean Dublin can gain parity) whilst Dublin will have control over their own kickouts.

Players with >= 2 shots from play
Bray & Banville’s poor day was highlighted earlier but both Byrne & Reilly had excellent displays up front for Meath. In Meath’s two games to date he has converted 73% (8 from 11) with a combined weighting of +2.993

Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
S Bray (Meath) 7 2 29% -1.176
PJ Banville (Wexford) 6 1 17% -2.026
G Reilly (Meath) 5 4 80% +1.747
C Lyng (Wexford) 4 2 50% +0.036
P Byrne (Meath) 3 3 100% +1.728
B Malone (Wexford) 3 2 67% +0.028
B Brosnan (Wexford) 3 1 33% -0.111
A Flynn (Wexford) 2 1 50% +0.140
E Wallace (Meath) 2 1 50% -0.121

Kerry V Cork 2013

July 9, 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

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Kerry 37 33 89% 17 52% +0.9428
Cork 30 26 87% 17 65% +4.8194
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

A cursory glance at the above table would lend one to believe that Cork were much the better team – their Shot Rate was on a par with Kerry’s; their Success Rate was above Kerry’s whilst their weighting was as good as you’ll find. Lies, damned lies and statistics eh?

Cork’s problems stemmed from the fact that they did not get enough attacking ball. Their Shot Rate may have been very similar to Kerry’s but that still produced 7 less shots. The very high weighting shows that the shots they did take were of a generally higher tariff but they just did not get enough of them.

As a comparison in the three games against Kerry in 2010 & 2012 (see here) Cork had an average of 37.67 possessions and 30.33 shots. In a tight game, as these games generally are, not having those 5 extra shots proved decisive.

Kerry’s game plan was excellent. In the first half they took 12 shots from inside 25m scoring 1-07; by comparison Cork scored 0-02 from 3 shots within 25m. Kerry’s Success Rate was bang on average because their second half returns dropped whilst their long range shooting (from play) was poor overall. Kerry only had a Success Rate of 13% (1 from 8) from shots taken from play outside c35m.

In the three games referenced above Kerry averaged 24 shots. Just as Cork found it hard to overcome the 5 shots they dropped they equally could not afford to allow Kerry to have an extra 9 shots.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Kerry 26 11 42% -0.4357
Cork 18 10 56% +3.1267
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

Cork were very poor shooting from play early on. They only converted 36% (4 from 11) until the 54th minute with 4 of those 7 misses not having any Kerry pressure on the shot. After that they hit 86% (6 from 7) with Hurley’s saved goal shot in injury time being the only miss.

As stated above Kerry were very good at moving the ball in close for a shot in the first half and though they were racking up scores the relative ease of the shots meant that their weighting wasn’t dramatic. Indeed the shooting was so poor out the field that their Success Rate, at bang on the average of 42%, was less than those in the three previous games – 44% & 45% in the two 2010 games plus 45% in 2012.

If there is a concern from Kerry it will not only be the volume of shots in the second half (7 in the final 30 minutes) but also who took them. The two O’Sullivans & O’Donoghue had great joy in the first half (5 from 9)however in those final 30 minutes the shooters were M O’Sé, Buckley, T O’Sé , Walsh, T O’Sé, Maher & Crowley. Only Crowley & M O’Se converted

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
C Cooper (Kerry) 4 3 75% -0.064
B Kealy (Kerry) 1 1 100% +0.500
B Sheehan (Kerry) 1 1 100% +0.500
J Buckley (Kerry) 1 1 100% +0.442
D Goulding (Cork) 7 6 86% +1.637
D O’Connor (Cork) 1 1 100% +0.442
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

This is an area that Kerry have struggled in to date ( see here) but it was a tower of strength for them in this game with Sheehan & Kealy converting two enormous frees.

Goulding had a magnificent day from the ground with his only miss coming from past the 45m way out on the right. His returns place him squarely on top of the deadball charts.

Questions however need to be asked however over the decision to go for a point with the last 45. Whose call was it – the players on the pitch? The sideline? Or worse still was there no communication at all? The timings were as follows

70:30 Hurley’s shot is saved
71:07 Ball is placed for 45m
71:28 Ball sails over crossbar
71:58 Ball kicked out
72:05 Free to Kerry with no more action thereafter

What is the strategic thought process when that ball goes wide? Try for a draw (through 3 points or a goal) or go for a win with a point & a goal? If you are going for a draw through three points you cannot take 58 seconds from the wide to the ball going over the bar. Even if you get the score quickly you need four things to happen – win possession, score from shot, win possession & score from shot.

By going for a point here the process cannot be going for a win surely? You cannot rationally expect to score a goal on the next kickout – it is possible but as a strategic option?

The only option Goulding had here was to drop the ball in and get a goal chance from the 45m directly or from the next attack should Kerry defend that. By going for the point the logic was either flawed by going for a win or the execution in a very, very (too?) small timeframe was too slow.

Shot Charts
Kerry’s shooting

Kerry shooting

Cork’s shooting

Cork shooting

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

Kickouts
Kerry Cork kickouts

Again a bit of a surprising return however like the shooting this was a game of two halves. Kerry won possession on 56% (15 of 27) of the kickouts in the first half whereas Cork won 68% (17 of 25) in te second.

What Kerry were excellent at was moving the ball into an attacking position from the primary possession they won. They won possession from kickouts on five fewer occasions than Cork yet managed to get the ball into the Cork’s 45 on two more occasions.

One thing to note is that Kerry didn’t really use the short kickout. The one time they did try it the ball went over the sideline and gave Cork good field position.

Players with >= 2 shots from play
It is a almost a requirement for defenders to get up the field and shoot, as evidenced by T O’Sé and Loughrey taking 6 shots between them however I’m sure O’Sé will be working on his finishing in the coming weeks!

Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
J O’Donoghue (Kerry) 4 3 75% +1.377
Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) 4 2 50% +0.155
A Walsh (Cork) 4 1 25% -0.388
T O’Sé (Kerry) 4 0 0% -1.848
B Hurley (Cork) 3 2 67% +0.683
P Kerrigan (Cork) 3 1 33% -0.074
P Galvin (Kerry) 3 1 33% -0.291
A Maher (Kerry) 3 1 33% -0.465
J Loughrey (Cork) 2 2 100% +1.286
D O’Connor (Cork) 2 1 50% +0.355
Darren O’Sullivan (Kerry) 2 1 50% +0.007
J Buckley (Kerry) 2 0 0% -0.748

Cavan V Monaghan 2013

July 4, 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

Overall

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

Kickouts
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

Kildare V Offaly 2013

June 27, 2013

Kildare-Offaly was not on the TV but Brendan Coffey (@coffeybrendan on Twitter) of the Kildare Nationalist very kindly forwarded the stats from the game. So as a precursor to the Kildare-Dublin game please find the first “guest post” here on the blog

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate
Kildare 41 33 80% 19 58%
Offaly 34 25 74% 13 52%
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

With ten minutes to go Kildare were cruising, eight points clear and their focus switched to a Leinster semi-final. Then they gifted Offaly 1-2 – the goal from a penalty as well as a point from a free – and suddenly Offaly were within striking distance.

It was a worrying slip for Kildare. They allowed Offaly to get a shot away on each of their last five attacks. That took Offaly’s shot rate up from 68% to 74% while their success rate improved slightly from 50% to 52%.

Kildare’s dominance is evident by the 41 attacks they mounted during the game while their strength at midfield gave them a stranglehold on the game from the very beginning.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate
Kildare 26 15 58%
Offaly 17 8 47%
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

Although both sides were above average from play, Kildare will be unhappy with their return. Seanie Johnston’s second half cameo didn’t do much to help them as he kicked three wides from play – all of them from very close range.

Kildare struggled when Offaly isolated Niall McNamee up front – who scored some sublime points from play – but when Offaly were slow in their build-up play, it allowed Kildare time to get numbers back and make it difficult for them to even create a shooting chance. On the plus side for Kildare, they had a good spread of scorers and the three half-forwards contributed 0-12 from play. Eoghan O’Flaherty and Paul Cribbin were both four from five while Niall Kelly hit four from six. Combined their return from play was 75% – the kind of return we’re not used to seeing from Kildare.

Although Offaly scored the only goal of the game, Kildare created the best goal chances. Alan Mulhall made an excellent stop from Eoghan O’Flaherty in the first half and he spread himself well to deny Tomas O’Connor in the second. O’Connor’s display will be a big worry for Kildare though. His handling was poor and as well as missing the two shots on goal that he had, he looked uncomfortable taking them. O’Connor needs a support player off his shoulder and as the game wore on he the confidence just seemed to seep out of him. At one stage he gave a hand-pass to the in-rushing Fionn Dowling which almost clocked Dowling in the face.

As they prepare for Dublin – and the attacking onslaught they’ll face – Kildare will need better concentration at the back and more penetration up front. Against the in-form team of 2013, they’ll have their work cut out.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate
J Doyle (Kildare) 6 4 67%
K Casey (Offaly) 4 3 75%
A Mulhall (Offaly) 1 1 100%
B Carroll (Offaly) 1 1 100%
D Holden (Offaly) 1 1 100%
J Brickland (Offaly) 1 1 100%
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

Kickouts
Kil-Off kouts

Offaly were content to kick the ball long on all but four occasions in the game but they probably accepted beforehand that it was better to lose possession there than risk anything closer to goal. Kildare’s midfield pairing of Daniel and Daryl Flynn really went to town on the Offaly kickout, winning more than half (13 of 24) of the ball Alan Mulhall kicked there.

Kildare had a much more varied approach on their own kickout as Mark Donnellan went short eight times while Kildare won the vast majority (74%) of their own ball (14 of 19). However the Lilies struggled to convert all that possession into scores. While they were adept at creating chances going forward from midfield – of the 14 kickouts they won from Donnellan, 9 led to shots on goal – they managed just four points from all that primary possession.

Players with >= 2 shots from play

Shots Scores Success Rate
N Kelly (Kildare) 6 4 67%
P Cribben (Kildare) 5 4 80%
E O’Flaherty (Kildare) 5 4 80%
N McNamee (Offaly) 5 4 80%
S Johnston (Kildare) 4 1 25%
K Casey (Offaly) 4 1 25%
J Doyle (Kildare) 2 2 100%
A McNamee (Offaly) 2 1 50%
T O’Connor (Kildare) 2 0 0%
P Cunningham (Offaly) 2 0 0%

Donegal V Down 2013

June 25, 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

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Donegal 34 18 53% 12 67% +3.1895
Down 34 21 62% 9 43% -1.534
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

Down had their chances. They had as many possessions as Donegal . They had more shots than Donegal. But in the end it was their execution, especially whilst shooting from play, which let them down. You can implement the perfect system but if you can’t get the ball over the bar you can’t win.

Given the nature of the commentary re the defensive tactics employed in the game the overall volumes of possessions don’t look too bad. This was due to both teams withdrawing into their 45m allowing the opposition to, relatively speaking, walk the ball up until the defense was ready to engage. Getting into the 45, and thus gaining a possession, wasn’t the difficult part. The difficult part was getting a shot off from the right area with the right shooter. Both teams’ low Shot Rates reflect this.

In the first 30 minutes both sides had four shots from play. Donegal’s four came from Murphy (x2), McBrearty & McFadden and yielded 3 points. Down’s four came from Quinn (x2), Mooney & Boyle with none of them registering. Donegal had the patience and discipline, having played this system for so long, to ensure that their best shooters took their shots.

Shots from Play

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
Donegal 11 6 55% +1.2045
Down 14 3 21% -2.263
2012 team avgs 20.14 9.36 46.5%

Neither team mustered a shot at goal which is not entirely surprising given the formations.

Down’s shooting from play was quite poor – though Donegal deserve as much credit for this as Down deserve admonishment. All 14 Down shots were taken with Donegal pressure being applied to the kicker. So much so that three of the shots were blocked. In a physically absorbing game that is tremendous hustle and concentration from the Donegal defence. McFadden got a point late in the second half from a Down pass that went astray inside their own 45m. Nothing similar happened within Donegal’s ranks.

Donegal’s shooting was above average. The combined returns for both this and the Tyrone game now show a 61% Success Rate (14 scores from 23 shots). That is excellent but can it be maintained? Or once they meet more open teams will the extra shots mean they can absorb the inevitable regression to the mean?

If you wanted to find a chink in their offensive armour then you could possibly look at Murphy & McFadden taking 57% of all shots from play. Tony McEntee addressed this issue in Monday’s Examiner [here] though he focussed solely on McFadden. Stop just two forwards and you blunt Donegal. Easy – except two of the better managers, in Harte & McCartan, have known this and not been able to accomplish it.

The high reliance on Murphy & McFadden is not new but it has been exceedingly high thus far. Excluding frees Murphy & McFadden accounted for 25% of all of Donegal’s shots in their 7 Championship games in 2012. Even in tight games with low shot counts (Tyrone, Kerry & Mayo), akin to the two games they’ve play this year, the percentage *only* rises to 36%

The problem is that if you do sell out on the Big 2 the remainder of the team is highly accurate when called upon. See here for details within a pre season piece I did on Donegal. They just haven’t needed to be called upon to date. Pick your poison.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
M Murphy (Donegal) 4 4 100% +1.381
C McFadden (Donegal) 3 2 67% +0.604
D O’Hare (Down) 6 5 83% +0.574
D Savage (Down) 1 1 100% +0.155
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

Genuinely excellent shooting all around. Murphy is the first player to get a weighting above 1.00 this year – and he smashed through it. Not only that but his returns would have been even better if when the referee brought a free forward 13m he let the original successful strike stand. He hit a monster of a shot from c50m and to the left of goals towards the end of the game which just epitomized his day from the ground.

The bare numbers do not do O’Hara’s day justice. His only miss was one against the wind that hit the post. Plus some of his frees with the right foot from the right hand side of the pitch were extremely difficult.

You always get the sense that no stone is left unturned with Donegal in this area. Given that O’Hare has a pronounced right footed action it is no coincidence that only one scoreable free was given on Down’s left (the strong side for O’Hare’s action). Against Tyrone despite a high deadball count (10) very few frees were given inside the 45m line. Although Morgan had an excellent League final up to that he had been patchy. Donegal were not afraid of the aberration, the League final, and ended up using a perceived strength of Tyrone’s to undermine them.

Shot Charts
You often hear commentator’s state that one way to beat the blanket defence is to kick over it. Down had 6 shots, fairly central, & from c38 – 48 metres out that would probably meet the definition required to successfully kick over a massed defence. They only converted one however. The problem with trying to kick over a massed defence is (a) they can still pressure the shooter as they have so many back (b) this pressure leads to an already more difficult shot becoming harder again and (c) it is not always your best shooter in this position.

I think this may be one of the keys to Donegal’s excellent shooting stats … they get the big three, especially McFadden, taking shots further out the pitch than would be expected of a normal full forward line.

Donegal’s shooting

Donegal shooting

Down’s shooting

Down shooting

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

Kickouts
Donegal-Down kickouts

Donegal did not go short once against Tyrone however in this game did so four times. The main reason for this was that Down forced them to. Donegal’s first five kickouts went medium/long – a continuation of the pattern against Tyrone. Down however won three of those first five kickouts and forced Donegal into a rethink. Donegal then went short on four of the remaining six.

Something similar happened Down. Eight of their first ten kickouts went medium/long with Donegal winning five. Five of the next six went short.

Though the stats show that both teams secured a majority of their own kickouts this was only done by switching to shorter kickouts after the opposition had negated their original plan.

Players with >= 2 shots from play

Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
C McFadden (Donegal) 4 3 75% +1.504
M Murphy (Donegal) 3 1 33% -0.465
K Quinn (Down) 3 0 0% -1.195
R Kavanagh (Donegal) 2 1 50% +0.252
R Boyle (Down) 2 0 0% -0.578
K McKernan (Down) 2 0 0% -0.752

Wicklow V Meath 2013

June 19, 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

Overall

Team Possessions Shots Shot Rate Scores Success Rate Weighting
Wicklow 31 25 81% 13 52% +0.3692
Meath 33 29 88% 17 59% +2.2345
2012 avg 35.28 27.02 76.6% 13.96 51.67%

Overall Wicklow did quite well, considering the conditions, however they were just out performed by a Meath team that had their shooting boots on. Possession numbers were lower than what we have seen in the Championship to date however this is attributable to the gameplans implemented due to the very strong wind. The total number of possessions in the first half was just 27 – Meath used the wind to hit in long balls that did not always favour the forward whilst Wicklow played a slow, deliberate, possession game that reduced the frequency with which they crossed the 45m.

The table below shows a straight comparison of how teams shot in the conditions. Both were quite similar with the wind however it was against the wind that Meath really prevailed. Joe Sheridan’s point from out on the right wing was a thing of beauty.

The most disappointing aspect for Wicklow will be that after the first three minutes with the wind, when they scored three points from three attacks, they then only had 9 shots from play with a conversion rate of 22%

Team Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
With wind Meath 12 6 50% +0.736
Wicklow 12 5 42% +0.138
Against wind Meath 10 6 60% +1.099
Wicklow 5 3 60% +0.512

Please note that Kevin Reilly’s goal is not included in any of the numbers. It had a huge bearing on the game but was a complete fluke and as such doesn’t really fit with any of the definitions currently in use.

Shots from deadballs

Player Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
J McGrath (Wicklow) 5 3 60% -0.616
S Furlong (Wicklow) 3 2 67% +1.835
M Newman (Meath) 7 5 71% +0.399
2012 team avgs 6.88 4.6 66.9%

Newman had a very good day from deadballs capped by an excellent 45 against the wind. His day would have been stellar had he not missed an easy enough free, even given the conditions, from the 21m line.

The Wicklow numbers are affected by the particular type of deadball missed. McGrath is somewhat harshly judged as one of his misses was a sideline attempt. We don’t have enough sideline attempts charted so they are treated as frees – and thus probably overly penalized.

Having missed a penalty Stafford should probably not have as positive a return as he does but again we do not have enough data on penalties and thus he is treated as having missed a regulation free.

Shot Charts
We have already mentioned Newman’s 45 against the wind but Meath’s shooting, and shot selection, from long range was excellent. When they used the wind from out the field it proved very effective. A huge bomb from c50m from Brian Meade comes to mind.

The same cannot be said of Wicklow; they only scored once from outside c25m and there were too many shots taken from bad angles out wide.

Wicklow’s shooting

Wicklow shooting

Meath’s shooting

Meath shooting

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

Kickouts
Kickouts

It is a rare game where there is only one short kickout but that is what happened in Aughrim. Given the possession game Wicklow attempted in the first half I am surprised they didn’t throw a few in. They won

60% of their kickouts against the wind so may have felt they were justified kicking long however Meath got three shots from the six Wicklow kickouts that they won in the 1st half. Throwing a few short ones in may have reduced this.

Players with >= 2 shots from play
There were a number of fine performances with Graham Reilly’s returns being the pick. He ended up with 4 points from 6 shots however started on fire getting three from three in the first 15 minutes. Half way through the 2nd half he was four from four and on his way to one of the performances of the season.

For all the commentary about how fast Wallace is it was somewhat overlooked that there was an end product to go with the speed. Three points from four attempts is an excellent Championship debut.

Shots Scores Success Rate Weighting
G Reilly (Meath) 6 4 67% +1.246
A McLoughlin (Wicklow) 5 3 60% +0.714
E Wallace (Meath) 4 3 75% +0.988
R Finn (Wicklow) 3 1 33% -0.302
D Hayden (Wicklow) 3 1 33% -0.383
J McGrath (Wicklow) 2 1 50% +0.248
B Meade (Meath) 2 1 50% +0.048
S Bray (Meath) 2 0 0% -0.770
P Byrne (Meath) 2 0 0% -0.873