Posted by John Kelly
Thursday 24 May 2012
We take a look at last weekend’s important statistics...
31 – Joe Bergin’s age. The midfielder won an All-Ireland title way back in 2001 and is one of only two surviving members from that side still playing inter-county football.
3-12 – The total Galway scored from play against Roscommon.
14 – Years since Padraig Joyce won his first All-Ireland title. The 35-year-old came off the bench against Roscommon and looked as good as ever, combining brilliantly with Michael Meehan for one second-half score.
10 – The number of points Joyce scored in Galway’s final win over Meath in 2001.
2 – Years since Meehan last played a full game for either club or county. The 27-year-old is one of the finest forwards of his generation but his career has been beset by injury.
6 – Years since Roscommon won the All-Ireland minor title. It doesn’t always point to senior success but it will be interesting to see how Tipperary, Galway and Cavan in particular fare over the next few years following recent underage success.
5 – Years since Longford last won a Leinster championship match, which might explain the emotional scenes following their win at the weekend. Their last provincial win before that was in 2001 when beat Louth by two points before losing their next game against Dublin. Wicklow then knocked them out in the qualifiers.
5,587 – The number of people in attendance to witness the thrilling win.
20 – The number of championship games Longford have lost since 2001.
10 – The number of championship games they have won in the time. They have given the big boys a run for their money in the last decade. They lost narrowly to Tyrone, Down and Laois over the last five years and reached round four of the qualifiers in 2006 before they lost to Kerry.
5 – Minutes into injury time when Louth scored the dramatic, late clinching goal against Westmeath.
8 – The length of time the game was held up for due to an injury to Westmeath’s David Glennon.
8 – Years since Westmeath beat Laois in the Leinster final to clinch their only provincial title to date.
9 – The number of All Stars Westmeath have claimed since 2001, the most productive period in the history of their senior football side.
5 – Louth have beaten Westmeath on the last five occasions they have met.
9 – Years since Waterford defeated Kerry to claim the Munster under-21 football title. As a pointer to senior success, see the cases of Roscommon, Tipperary and Cavan above.
2,341 – A sparse crowd in the Gaelic Grounds to see Limerick book their place with Clare in the semi final.
1-8 Ian Ryan’s contribution to Limerick’s 2-12.
13 – The number of Donegal players behind the ball within 30 metres of their own goal against Antrim in that famous scene highlighted by the Sunday Game panellists last year and again on Sunday night. This time, though, they used it to emphasise how Jim McGuinness has been tweaking his side’s approach. Donegal are committing more players forward but are still funnelling them back with speed. They are arguably the fittest side in the country and will take some stopping again this year, especially if Michael Murphy is in the side.
3 – The number of teenagers who started for Cavan.
100 – The number of appearances Rory Kavanagh has made for Donegal.
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