It’s Monday, there’s work to be done so here’s a quick one with the usual slew of match reports from yesterday. In no particular order, here they are: RTÉ, BBC, Breaking News, Hogan Stand, Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner. There’s not that much to chew on from any of the reports, to be honest, and it’s only the latter one that contains any post-match quotes, where James Horan makes the following pithy observation: “Did he a get a few calls wrong today? Of course he did. But we still had the chances to win the game.” That’s it in a nutshell, I guess.
Yesterday’s defeat means that we’re now down in fourth place in the Division One table, level on four points with both Dublin and Down but the Dubs are in third by virtue of their very positive points difference (in no small part due to their 16-point hammering of Armagh at Croke Park yesterday) while Down are below us because, unlike us, they’re in negative points difference territory. In fact, we’re significantly ahead of everyone below us on this metric – we’re currently on +7, Down are on -13, Armagh (who are on 3 points) are on -18 while Laois and Donegal (both on 2 points) are on -18 and -11 respectively.
It’s worth noting, though, that if it’s a two-way tie to decide table placings, then the direct results between counties takes precedence over points difference, which is why Donegal are below Laois at the minute. It’s also worth pointing out, I guess, that most of that points difference damage to the teams in the bottom half of the table has been inflicted by Cork, Dublin and Kerry, all of whom we still have to face over the coming few weeks.
But next Sunday it’s Donegal up in Ballyshannon where, incidentally, proceedings will be officiated by our old pal, Mother Superior Marty Duffy. The refereeing Gods really do seem to be out to try our patience at the minute, a fact further underlined by the revelation that the other Duffy lad will have the whistle for Wednesday night’s U21 championship clash with Galway at McHale Park.
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