Wednesday 21 February 2018

Martin Breheny: Stage set for a record-breaker

Mayo captain Stephen Coen celebrates as the players leave the pitch
Mayo captain Stephen Coen celebrates as the players leave the pitch
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

With Mayo averaging a total of 25 points per game and Dublin on 24 points in the championship, it's easy to assume that the All-Ireland final will be a score-fest.

Still, it doesn't always work out that way. For instance, Kerry and Roscommon scored 6-35 between them in the 1980 All-Ireland semi-final, but the final was unusually low-scoring (1-9 to 1-6 to the Kingdom).

Still, it's difficult to see how Dublin v Mayo won't be a high-scoring affair, especially since most of their more recent clashes in championship and league have been high-yield shoot-outs.

The highest total score in an All-Ireland football final stands at 5-30 (45pts) from the 1973 decider in which Cork beat Galway by 3-17 to 2-13, but that was played over 80 minutes. The highest scoring 70-minute final was in 1977 when Dublin beat Armagh by 5-12 to 3-6 (42pts).

Will Dublin v Mayo set a record?

Irish Independent

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