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|Castlebar||41||28||22||0 – 13||14.58|
|Crossmaglen||45||29||26||0 – 12||14.98|
One thing that the numbers cannot measure is grit.
Castlebar were on the end of an absolute blitzkrieg in the first 20 minutes. When Jamie Clarke popped over his second point to make it 0-08 to 0-3 Crossmaglen led the possession stakes 21 – 13 and were 14 – 7 ahead in shots. Indeed by the 7th minute Crossmaglen had unleashed 7 shots and had seen a Jamie Clarke effort dribble just past the post. Castlebar on the other hand had entered Crossmaglen’s 45 just once during that opening assault.
It is to their immense credit that they were still in the game at half time let alone managed to overhaul Crossmaglen.
Shots from Play
|Castlebar||12||0 – 07||6.16|
|Crossmaglen||21||0 – 08||10.91|
Crossmaglen had two very good goal chances in the first half. Alongside the aforementioned Clarke opportunity Murtagh had an effort cleared off the line after rounding the keeper. Had either gone in Crossmaglen may well have been out of sight. As it was Crossmaglen, upon the restart, struggled to reproduce their first half output manufacturing just the seven shots from play and scoring 0-02.
What of Castlebar? They struggled for long periods. They went a full 16 minutes in the first half without a point attempt from play. In the second half they managed just the five shots from play with one in the last 20 minutes.
There is the argument that they weren’t manufacturing shots from play as Crossmaglen were fouling. Whilst there in this to explain their suppressed numbers the sense I got as the game progressed was that Castlebar were not being denied opportunities through Crossmaglen’s fouling but rather were being handed easy chances through Crossmaglen’s rashness. They will want to produce more against Ballyboden in the final.
One quick note on Jamie Clarke. It is a shame we won’t see his unique skillset in an Armagh jersey this year. I’m not sure I have seen any player take as many shots from the “wrong” side – and as effectively – as Clarke did here. Five of his seven shots were taken with the left foot from the left side of the pitch. He scored 0-04 from those five shots with some of them coming from a very acute angle.
Shots from deadballs
|Team||Shots||Scores||Success Rates||Exp Pts|
|Castlebar||10||0 – 06||60%||8.42|
|Crossmaglen||5||0 – 04||80%||4.07|
Not a vintage deadball day but then comparing a heavy winter ball, on a soggy pitch, against intercounty Summer football is probably unfair. Still nothing can excuse that missed free from the 20m line!
Douglas had nine deadball attempts converting 67% (0 – 06). This is in line with Summer averages however on the whole his chances were of the easier variety as shown by the fact that he was expected to score ~7.4 points from those nine attempts.
|Castlebar’s kickouts||Won||%||Turned into an attack||Shot|
|Crossmaglen’s kickouts||Won||%||Turned into an attack||Shot|
A relatively even battle aided somewhat by the fact that both teams eschewed the short kickout; there was just two in total both coming from the Crossmaglen keeper.
Given the fact that Crossmaglen converted 90% of all their attacks into a shot it is no surprise to see that they were very good at getting a shot off once the kickout was won. Looking ahead Castlebar will be a bit concerned at just how easily Crossmaglen could manufacture scores from set ball. 0-10 of Crossmaglen’s total emanated from kickout possessions with 0-06 coming from the 11 Castlebar kickouts they won.
Although they won just as much primary ball Castlebar were not as good at manufacturing an end product. 0 – 07 of their total score came directly from possession won on kickouts with 0-03 coming from the opposition’s kickout.
Players with >= 3 shots from play
|Shots||Scores||Success Rate||Exp Pts|
|J Clarke (Crossmaglen)||7||4||57%||4.19|
|P Durkan (Castlebar)||3||3||100%||1.24|
|S Kernan (Crossmaglen)||3||2||67%||1.31|
|N Lydon (Castlebar)||3||1||33%||1.41|
|N Douglas (Castlebar)||3||0||0%||2.04|