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How they compare in semi-finals

Published 26/08/2010 | 05:00

DOWN may have a remarkable 100pc record in All-Ireland finals, but their semi-final yield is much inferior to Kildare, who boast a 77pc return compared to their rivals' 42pc, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY.

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Both counties have played 13 semi-finals, with Kildare winning 10 and losing three, whereas Down have won five, drew one and lost seven.

Down won the All-Ireland title in each of the five years they got through to the final (1960, '61, '68, '91, '94) but have had disappointing semi-finals too, losing to Galway (1959, '65, '71), Dublin (1963, '78), Meath (1966) and Offaly (1981).

Unusually, many of Down's semi-finals produced big wins, although often in favour of their opponents. Down's biggest was in 1991 when they beat Kerry by seven points while their biggest defeats were against Dublin (1963) and Meath (1966) when they lost by 10 points on each occasion.

Eleven of Kildare's semi-finals came before Down played their first in 1959. Kildare won nine of 11 games up to 1956 but didn't qualify for their next semi-final until the Mick O'Dwyer-led team made the Leinster breakthrough in 1998. They dethroned defending All-Ireland champions Kerry in the semi-final before losing the final to Galway, who also beat them in their last semi-final appearance 10 years ago.

Down

1959: Galway 1-11 Down 1-4

1960: Down 1-10 Offaly 2-7 (Draw)

1960: Down 1-7 Offaly 1-5 (Replay)

1961: Down 1-12 Kerry 0-9

1963: Dublin 2-11 Down 0-7

1965: Galway 0-10 Down 0-7

1966: Meath 2-16 Down 1-9

1968: Down 2-10 Galway 2-8

1971: Galway 3-11 Down 2-7

1978: Dublin 1-16 Down 0-8

1981: Offaly 0-12 Down 0-6

1991: Down 2-9 Kerry 0-8

1994: Down 1-13 Cork 0-11

Played: 13 Won: 5 Drew: 1 Lost: 7

Kildare

1903: Kildare 0-8 Cavan 0-0

1905: Kildare 4-15 Cavan 1-6

1919: Kildare 3-2 Cavan 1-3

1926: Kildare 2-5 Galway 0-2

1927: Kildare 1-7 Monaghan 0-2

1928: Kildare 3-7 Cork 0-2

1929: Kildare 0-9 Monaghan 0-1

1930: Monaghan 1-6 Kildare 1-4

1931: Kildare 0-10 Cavan 1-5

1935: Kildare 2-6 Mayo 0-7

1956: Cork 0-9 Kildare 0-5

1998: Kildare 0-13 Kerry 1-9

2000: Galway 0-15 Kildare 2-6

Played: 13 Won: 10 Lost: 3

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