Tuesday 12 December 2017

Martin Breheny: Goals not needed as Tribesmen point their way to glory

Since scoring two goals against Dublin at the start of their All-Ireland campaign, Galway have gone four hours and 57 minutes without a three-pointer. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Since scoring two goals against Dublin at the start of their All-Ireland campaign, Galway have gone four hours and 57 minutes without a three-pointer. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Prior to last Sunday only five All-Ireland hurling finals had been won without scoring a goal, the most recent being in 2004 when Cork beat Kilkenny by 0-17 to 0-9.

Galway not only made it six but created a record by winning four successive games without finding the net. They beat Offaly (0-33 to 1-11), Wexford (0-29 to 1-17), Tipperary (0-22 to 1-18), and Waterford (0-26 to 2-17), having begun the campaign with a 2-28 to 1-17 win over Dublin.

Conor Cooney scored their second goal in the 53rd minute of that game, which means they have since gone four hours and 57 minutes without a three-pointer.

It's an extraordinary long time for any team, let alone the top outfit in the country, to go without a goal. Not that it mattered when they were averaging 0-28 per game. Of course, All-Ireland titles have been won before by teams with low goal-scoring records.

Cork took the 1999 title, despite scoring only won goal in their four games en route to the title.

It came from Joe Deane in the Munster final against Clare but it was point wins in their other three games against Waterford (24), Offaly (19) and Kilkenny (13).

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