Saturday 1 October 2016

Here's the point: goals don't always win games

Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30

A dejected Séamus Callanan of Tipperary, after his side's defeat to Galway
A dejected Séamus Callanan of Tipperary, after his side's defeat to Galway

When a team scores three goals and concedes none, they usually win quite comfortably.

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They certainly don't expect to lose, which compounds Tipperary's misery after the 0-26 to 3-16 defeat by Galway on Sunday.

It was the first time in 15 years that a team which scored three goals and conceded none were beaten in a major hurling game (All-Ireland final, semi-final, quarter-final, Munster and Leinster final).

Sorry Tipperary, it was you again! They scored 3-12 in the 2000 Munster final but lost to Cork on 0-23.

Cork scored 3-16 in the 2013 All-Ireland final but were held to a draw by Clare (0-25) before losing the replay. That it's 15 years since one of the seven biggest games in the championship was lost by a team which scored three goals underlines just how rare it really is.

Mind you, there was a case of a team winning after conceding four goals and scoring none in 2013. Incredibly, it happened Kilkenny who beat Offaly by 0-26 to 4-9 in the Leinster quarter-final.

As for Tipperary, it was a case of 'what goes around comes around' last Sunday. In 2010, they trailed Galway by two points late in the quarter-final but scored 0-3 in the closing minutes. It gave Tipp a 3-17 to 3-16 success, precisely the same points total as last Sunday, albeit in a different format and with different winners.

And is this an omen for Galway? Tipp went on to win the 2010 title, beating Kilkenny in the final.

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