That's stat: The weekend in numbers
13:22, 29 May 2012
We take a look at last weekend's important statistics.....
77 and counting. The last time anyone but Kerry or Cork won the Munster championship. Tipperary lost to last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists by 12 points in 2010 and 11 points last year. Does that mean they are getting closer or do Kerry know they can take longer to get revved up each year? If the pundits’ disdain for the provincial championship in the south is anything to go by, it’s the latter.
12 The number of minutes Kieran Donaghy had been on the pitch before he got himself booked as a result of an off-the-ball incident.
20 The distance from goal Micheal Quinlivan was when he smacked that free against the post. It would have put just a point between them but it wasn’t the only chance Tipp missed. They spurned a couple of glorious goal opportunities as Kerry unsteadily found their championship feet.
15 out of 16. The number of points Meath kicked from play in their win over Wicklow.
4 The number of debuts Séamus McEnaney handed out on Sunday. They were: Donnacha Tobin, Alan Forde, Mark Collins and Conor Gillespie.
5 The number of points from play Graham Reilly scored from midfield in the 65 minutes he spent on the pitch.
9/1 The odds currently being offered on Meath winning the Leinster championship.
50/1 While we’re on it...the odds on Stephen Cluxton winning footballer of the year. It hasn’t happened since Offaly’s Martin Furlong was top man in 1982. Nine years before that, Cork’s Billy Morgan won it. If Cluxton repeats last year’s points-scoring performances, and maybe throws in an important penalty save, you never know....it’s a long shot but, still, might be worth a euro or two.
2 Monaghan have suffered two relegations in the last two seasons.
32 The number of seconds that had elapsed when Karl O’Connell scored a goal following an electrifying run down the left flank.
1-3 Antrim looked like they would win it when they added six points to their tally without reply early in the second half.
3 The margin between Monaghan and Antrim when Tommy Freeman came on and turned the game around with devastating effect.
1 The number of touches Freeman needed to score a brilliant point under pressure off his left foot. We know the whole inter-county transfer debate is a touchy subject at the moment, especially in light of Seanie Johntson’s acrimonious move to Kildare. But one wonders what players such as Freeman and Tipp’s Declan Browne -- to name but two -- would have won with a stronger county. Both rank among the greatest of all time.
2009 The last time Antrim won an Ulster championship game. They got to the final that year when they lost to Tyrone.
1 Antrim only scored one more point from the 51st minute.
24 Monaghan last won the Ulster championship in 1988. Three years prior to that they drew with Kerry in the All-Ireland sem-final when Eamonn McEneaney kicked this late monster point. That was the last year both semi-finals ended in draws.
8,804 The number in attendance in Clones.
6 The number of points Limerick hit without reply to go seven points clear of Tipperary 13 minutes into the second half in Thurles.
1-11 What Tipperary scored in the last 15 minutes to stun a Limerick team on the verge of registering the first major surprise of the summer.
1 The number of times Limerick have won in their last 16 Munster championship matches.
22,068 The spectators present at Semple Stadium in soaring temperatures to witness the double header.
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