Saturday 24 March 2018

All-Ireland champions point to lucky 13 for final success

HOW much does a team have to score to win an All-Ireland football final? Okay, so it depends on how much they concede, but there are some general parameters which tend to apply.

Only twice in the last 20 years has a total of 12 points or less been enough to win a final. That was in 1990 when Cork beat Meath by 0-11 to 0-9 and in 2003 when Tyrone beat Armagh 0-12 to 0-9.

A total of between 13 and 16 points (including goals) was enough for Down (1994), Dublin (1995), Kerry (1997, 2009), Meath (1999) and Armagh (2002).

Goals may win some games, but it's not strictly necessary to get any to win the final. Cork (1990), Donegal (1992), Kerry (1997, 2000, 2009), Galway (2001) and Tyrone (2003) all took the goalless route to glory over the last 20 years, while Cork (1993), Mayo (2004) and Kerry (2005) all scored more goals than their opponents and still lost.

As for the last big goal fest, it came in 2006 when Kerry beat Mayo by 4-15 to 3-5.

Irish Independent

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