Friday 23 March 2018

Eugene McGee: Meath have firepower to cause Dublin real damage

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Mystery may be too strong a word, but Laois football followers would be hard put to come up with a better one. On Saturday night, for the second year in a row, their team was cut to ribbons in Leinster.

Last year, Kildare did the damage and this time it was a Meath team in full flight. As always, a few statistics shed more light than the scoreline and they show clearly that the Laois forwards did not have a clue about progressive attacking play.

For example, no Laois forward managed a score from play for the final 52 minutes of the game. Hard to believe, but true. Of the 10 points accrued by Laois, six came from placed balls, and defenders Cahir Healy and Padraig McMahon scored two of the four from play -- which means that, of all the forwards used, only Darren Strong and MJ Tierney were able to score one point each from play.

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