The focus is already shifting – as, of course, it should – to the start of the league this coming weekend but before we bid farewell to our successful 2012 FBD campaign, it’s worth having a quick look at some stats on this year’s pre-season competition.
The first table (double-click on it to see a higher res version) provides details on the number of players we used during the campaign. In all 31 different players were used over the course of the four matches, which includes substitute appearances (three players – Alan Feeney, Conor Campbell and Cillian O’Connor – only appeared as subs).
Of that total, a few were appearing for the county at senior level – from what I can see Shane McHale, Danny Kirby, Darren Coen, Michael Walsh, Conor O’Shea, Evan Regan and Conor Campbell all come into this category. Others – notably Davitts’ pair Colm Boyle and Michael Conroy – were back on the county panel after an absence of a few years.
As you can see from the table, only one player – David Clarke – appeared in the same position for us over the four games although three other players – Lee Keegan, Barry Moran and Kevin McLoughlin – started all four games. After the desperate run Barry has had with injuries down the years, it makes a welcome change for him, I’m sure, to be counted among the ‘ever present’ fraternity on this occasion.
Two other players – Seamus O’Shea and Conor Mortimer – featured in all four games, with the former coming on as sub twice (both times replacing a member of his family) and the latter once.
The second table contains details of our scorers over the campaign and as may be seen we had a good spread in this area over the four games. In all, seventeen different players (that’s 55% of all the players used) found the target, including David Clarke who added his name to the expanding cohort of ’50-converting ‘keepers by booming one over against the Rossies.
While I’m sure Four-Goal Danny Kirby is the first name that would be likely to pop into most people’s heads when thinking about who might top this year’s FBD scorers’ charts, pride of place here goes instead to Conor Mortimer whose 0-19 total outguns the 4-2 clocked up by the Mitchels’ tyro. It’s been a while since Conor topped the scorers’ chart in any campaign but that nineteen-point haul edges him (and his socks) that bit close to Joe Corcoran’s all-time scoring record for the county.
In all, we racked up 4-49 (61 points, with an average of 15.25 points per game) and conceded 1-30 (33 points or 8.25 points per game) over the course of our January campaign.