Thursday 19 July 2018

The Gaelic football apocalypse has arrived judging by this scoreline from a Donegal club game

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

If Jim McGuinness feels that defensive football is ruining the game then he might want to start in his own county.

Glenswilly and St Eunan's, who have won seven of the last nine Donegal championships, clashed in a league match this afternoon, with the former coming out on top by a scoreline of 0-3 to 0-2.

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No typo there - only five points were scored throughout the match and only one in the second half. Unsurprisingly, a lot of GAA fans got a good laugh out of a Donegal club match producing such a paltry amount of scores given how the county team is often perceived.

Even Donegal All Star Kevin Cassidy tweeted about the game, lamenting the low scoring.

"Score line in Donegal Club game ends 3-2 holy god the end has arrived ah well it was fun while it lasted!!!" he said.

It is hard to know just how a football game could produce such a shockingly meagre amount of points, but in his match report for the Donegal Sport Hub, journalist Alan Foley shed some light on the bizarre encounter.

Firstly, both sides were shorn of their county contingent, reducing the quality on show.

Secondly, rather than being a ridiculously defensive encounter, the reason that Foley gives for the low scoring is the huge amount of wastefulness by both attacks.

According to Foley, the sides combined for 27 wides.

Regardless of the reasons, a 0-3 to 0-2 should give everyone involved pause for thought.

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