Friday 24 November 2017

Refs draw no comfort in league

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

SO much for the theory that GAA referees are favourably disposed towards making draws of games where there's a one-point margin between the teams in the closing minute. That certainly wasn't the case in this year's NFL, where only four games from 120 finished level.

The winning margin was one point in 27 games, which suggests referees certainly weren't into facilitating draws. Ten of last year's championship games were won by one-point margins, so manufactured draws didn't apply there either.

Still on stats, former Louth manager Paddy Clarke informs me that his county's five-goal haul against Offaly last Sunday was their largest in the NFL since 1973, when they put six past Monaghan.

On the other extreme, how's this for a miserly giveaway? Clare, who were edged out by Waterford and Limerick for promotion from Division 4, conceded just one goal in seven NFL games. Earlier, Kilmurry-Ibrickane conceded no goals in six Munster and All-Ireland games. Micheal McDermott managed both club and county, which means he presided over teams which conceded just one goal in 14hrs 10mins of action. Unfortunately for him, both teams still came up just short of their targets.

Irish Independent

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