Monday 19 March 2018

Goal famine tells the tale of Kilkenny's early exit

Hurling's great goal famine goes on.

Cork have completed four successive championship games (v Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kilkenny) without scoring a goal, leaving Jamie Coughlan's 16th-minute strike in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Waterford last year as their last three-pointer.

That's 6hrs 34mins of championship hurling without a goal. Still, they won four of their last five championship games, so their goal-shyness hasn't impeded their progress.

Kilkenny, usually the master goal-poachers, drew a blank for the fourth time this summer last Sunday. They scored two goals in six championship games (one from a penalty), leaving them with just one goal from open play in seven hours (420 mins) of action against Offaly, Dublin (twice), Tipperary, Waterford and Cork.

That compares with an average of one every 28 minutes last year and one every 31 minutes in 2011. Perhaps those figures are the most revealing of all as to why Kilkenny are missing the All-Ireland semi-finals for the first time since 1996.

Irish Independent

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