Before our 2016 League season slips from the collective memory, it’s worth having a quick backward look about who played in the seven games, who scored in which games and all that. A brief summary of all this is set out in the table below.
I’ll save you the job counting the rows in the table – the total number of players who lined out for us in this year’s League, either in the starting fifteen or as sub, comes to 36. In terms of individual appearances, this ranges from ever-present to a single outing off the bench.
Four players – Colm Boyle, Brendan Harrison, Tom Parsons and Conor O’Shea – started in all seven matches. Two others – Aidan O’Shea and Jason Doherty – played some part in all the games, with Aidan coming off the bench against Cork and then starting in the other six matches, while Jason started in five and came on as a sub in the other two.
Several players featured in six of the seven games. Robbie Hennelly, Ger Cafferkey, Lee Keegan, Shane Nally, Diarmuid O’Connor and Evan Regan all made six starts, while Jason Gibbons made two starts and came on in four other games. Donal Vaughan started four and appeared from the bench in another two.
At the other end of the spectrum, Darren McHale, Shane McHale, Barry Moran and Padraig O’Hora made one appearance each off the bench.
As the table shows, there was a good spread of scorers for us over the course of the campaign. Nineteen of the 36 players got on the scoresheet, with Evan Regan our leading marksman with 1-24, 1-5 of which came from open play.
Diarmuid O’Connor (with 2-4, all from play apart from the penalty against Donegal) and Robbie Hennelly (0-10, all from frees and ’45s) came next on the list. Significantly, surely, is the fact that third on the scoring list came Cillian O’Connor with a return of 1-4 (all from placed balls) from just two appearances, one of which was off the bench.