Friday 24 November 2017

Net Gains: How counties' strike rates compare

Paul Ryan scored his side's two goals against Galway
Paul Ryan scored his side's two goals against Galway
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

There has been a noticeable drop off in goals in hurling clashes, with Kilkenny shooting just once to the net from open play in over six hours of hurling.

Kilkenny

They averaged 2.3 goals per game from 1999-2012 and 2.5 goals per game in last year's run to Liam MacCarthy success.

However, this has dropped to 0.4 in this year's five championship outings to date, including one game with extra-time.

Even then, one of the two goals came from a penalty, scored by Richie Power against Waterford last Saturday week which was only confirmed after consultation between the referee and his umpires when the ball came back off the stanchion.

It leaves Walter Walsh's strike against Dublin in the drawn Leinster semi-final as their only goal from open play in 6hrs 10mins of hurling.

It's most unlike Kilkenny – will Cork feel the backlash on Sunday?

Cork

They failed to score a goal against Clare or Limerick, having signed off on last year's championship with a blank against Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.

That's 3hrs 30mins without a goal.

It didn't happen in Jimmy Barry-Murphy's day as a menacing forward.

Clare

Excluding extra-time against Wexford last Saturday week, they scored four goals in four championship games, having scored only four goals in six league games, including the relegation play-off with Cork which went to extra-time.

That equates to a goal every 88 minutes this year.

Limerick

One goal from the games against Tipperary and Cork is their championship return to date.

They scored a total of four goals against Dublin (two games), Offaly, Antrim and Wexford in the league.

It works out at an average of one goal every 98 minutes.

Dublin

They hit Galway for two goals – both through Paul Ryan (pictured below) in the Leinster final, but scored only three goals in the four games against Wexford and Kilkenny prior to that.

Waterford

Prior to extra-time against Kilkenny last Saturday week, they had scored only one goal in three championship games against Division 1 opposition, having managed a single goal in their last four NHL games in spring.

Galway

Scored two goals against both Dublin and Laois, but averaged only one per game in their last four league games.

However, they were quite prolific last year, averaging 2.9 goals per championship game,

Tipperary

They scored one goal each against Limerick and Kilkenny in the championship.

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