Creating Chances the Issue for Kildare

After our previous article looking at the shooting stats of individual players, we decided to take a look at the overall team performance and whether that shines any light on the team’s below average performances to date in the league.

We were interested both in the number of shots attempted and the accuracy of shooting from those shots, and how both measures compared with our opponents.

We reference that intrepid Kildareman @dontfoul’s work from the article

While he reviewed mainly Division One league games from 2018, he found that there were 54 attempts on average per game, so 27 per team, and that the average accuracy rate (scores per attempt) was 52.5%, so about 14 scores per team per game. The accuracy from placed balls was 72.2% while the accuracy from play was naturally lower at 46.6%.


Armed with those benchmarks we look first at Kildare’s shot attempts (and those of their opponents):

The table above shows the Attempts from Play, Placed Balls and in Total by Kildare in each of their five games to date, as well as the same data for their opponents.

For example, against Armagh we had 17 total attempts (15 from play) while Armagh had 28 (21 from play).

Indeed the only game in which Kildare fashioned more attempts than their opponents was the most recent game against Laois (31 versus 20). Indeed that was the only game in which we exceeded the “dontfoul benchmark” of 27 per game. Our average attempts over the five games was 21 while our opponents averaged 23.


From an accuracy perspective, how do we compare with the dontfoul benchmarks (46.6% from play and 72.2% from placed balls?).  The table below helps us to look at that:

Now we see that we’re not doing quite so bad, with 54% accuracy from play and 74% from placed balls. We clearly should have won the Laois game by a lot more than we did, given the accuracy scores from both play and placed balls.  Conditions of course play a role and I can’t compare the weather we’ve played in this season with those of 2018, but I suspect this year is worse!

In terms of our opponents accuracy they are shooting on average only 42.2% from play (with Fermanagh and Laois very poor at 35% each) and from placed balls 72.8%, below Kildare in both cases.

So the quality of our shooting is not the problem, it is the number of attempts we are creating that is going wrong to date. Perhaps we are trying to follow Dublin’s lead in being patient and working our way into the danger zone before making an attempt?

Would be interested in your views. Let us know what you think on Twitter @kildaregaa365


Shooting Accuracy – Flawless Brophy Leads the Way

With only 48% shooting accuracy in their game against Laois – despite the win – Kildare’s shooting accuracy is coming increasingly under the spotlight.

While the Laois game was the worst it wasn’t particularly stellar in the other four league games.

Against Fermanagh we had 61% success, against Clare it was 62% and against Armagh it was 59%. We recorded our highest accuracy rate against Roscommon (65%) despite losing.

We’ve been keeping stats for Kildare’s players over the league campaign to date, and these are available in the table below (you can also switch between Play, Placed Balls and Total).

Paddy Brophy has been quite magnificent, flawless indeed, scoring 10 points from 10 attempts, many of them from long range. That’s after not having a single attempt at the posts in the opening game against Fermanagh.

But Kildare need more from the likes of Daniel Flynn (44%) and Paul Cribbin (45%), two of our more prolific scorers in recent times.

In relation to placed balls, Kevin Feely has scored 4 from 4, while Adam Tyrrell has a decent 82% record (9 from 11). Neil Flynn has 75% (9 from 12 attempts).


The table below gives the stats for all players who have made an attempt at the posts.

You can filter to the right on individual games.