It had a little bit of everything. From the fall of great champions to the genius of David Clifford, a hand-to-hand combat in Armagh that really defined what hand-to-hand combat actually is, in weather conditions that could not have been greater. And then the progress counties like Louth, Limerick and London have made. Here’s a look at some of the 2022 soccer league highlights and trends.
Post mortems about Dublin’s departure from the league have scrutinized numerous channels, but nothing stands out quite like their goalscoring record of 11 – the highest since returning to Division 1 in 2009.
It matches their 2014 tally, but that included a semi-final and a league final that year. In regular games they conceded eight goals and by the start of the following season in 2015 they had adopted a more defensive approach, conceding just 10 goals in their next 21 regular games in three campaigns.
A ‘clean sheet’ in seven games against Tyrone, masks over leaks, with two goals apiece against Armagh, Mayo and Donegal – their three Croke Park games – before losing three by Michael Shiel at Clones last Sunday, when the space was in front of him the full-back line was noticeable.
When in doubt, turn to the tried and true
With their backs against the wall, Dublin and Tyrone went back to what they knew and thought was for the best on Sunday. After the most extensive phase of experimentation undertaken by a manager in Dublin since Pat Gilroy’s trawl fishery in late 2009, How many new players have they entrusted for Sunday’s crucial game? none. Lee Gannon came on and made an impression, while Lorcan O’Dell eventually won the penalty, but it’s fair to say that the final trawl – some 21 ‘new’ players were used in the O’Byrne Cup alone – offered few options in the immediate vicinity Future.
Similarly, Tyrone, who needed the points at Killarney, didn’t stray too far from his most iconic team. Of the 20 players used, only Nathan Donnelly could be classified as a “jumper”.
Changed times in Division 1
In the last 100 years there have only been seven All-Ireland football finals in which neither a Leinster nor a Munster team have played. But you wouldn’t believe it if you look at next year’s Division 1 league table, which will be dominated by four Ulster and three Connacht teams in the absence of a Leinster team. changed times.
Jack haunts Dublin
When it comes to speed and physical presence, Jack McCarron probably doesn’t tick all the boxes associated with the modern game. But clever movements, an irresistible dummy and almost unerring accuracy have put the Monaghan well ahead, especially against Dublin.
On Sunday, he brought his totals against Dublin in the last five years from the game to 4-21, 3-10, a return that stretches across three games and the final quarter of their 2018 win at Croke Park when he came off the bench came Chip a goal, similar to Sunday.
Kerry shows defensive steel
Conceding the first goal of the game of Sunday’s campaign to Tyrone forward Darren McCurry will irritate Kerry as much as losing a first league game, even if it was one they didn’t need to win. Still, there was a solid defensive structure and the 2-85 concede translates to a 13 point per game conceded average.
After a few years of the Heat, Jason Foley got better protection and was able to deal with some high-profile forwards in the seven games, including Rian O’Neill and Cathal McShane in the last two.
Kildare continues downtrend
Just like in the Premier League, the challenge of a promoted player retaining their status is extremely difficult. Kildare were unbeaten in three home games against Kerry (draws), Dublin and Monaghan (wins) but lost all four games en route to relegation.
This is the seventh year in a row that one of the two promoted teams has been relegated. The two promoted teams have not survived in Division 1 since Donegal and Monaghan in 2015.
Derry contested on 11 points
Perhaps best illustrating the gap between the top three teams in this year’s Division 2 and the rest is Derry’s 11-point failure of promotion. Since the leagues were reorganized into four performance-based divisions for 2008, no team has previously failed to advance to the top flight with 11 points. In fact, 11 points would have been enough to lead the league in 2011 and 2015 when the top-ranked teams had 10 points.
Hogan to solve Meath’s goalkeeping problems
Finding an established goalkeeper has been a problem for Meath for a number of years, essentially since the departure of Paddy O’Rourke. In his six years to date, coach Andy McEntee has had 13 goalies on his roster, including some rebuilt outfield players who played in either the preseason, league or league. Harry Hogan is in 13th. He looks set to offer a long-term solution having started all seven league games with a decent kickout and a big contribution to the frees in the last two months going 0-14 between Frees and ’45s. Younger brother Billy could be his biggest rival for years to come.
Kudos to Limerick and Lee
Billy Lee took a leaf out of Brian McEniff’s book in Donegal and took his place on the interview committee to find a new football manager in Limerick and took over the job in late 2016 after a three month process to find a replacement for John Brudair, even. Six seasons later, Lee has led Limerick to Division 2, their highest placing since the divisions reorganized after 2007 when they were in 1A. This weekend’s Division 3 final with Louth will highlight Mickey Harte’s regeneration of Louth in two seasons, but football is harder to sell in Limerick. He was the manager of the 2022 league.
Longford finds her level of consistency
Also of note is that Monaghan has retained his Division 1 status for nine years, while Clare has renewed his Division 2 status for the seventh straight year.
But further down, Longford’s ability to avoid division relegation 4 also keeps them in the same division for the seventh straight year. Few teams experience the player rotation that they have repeated. From last year’s league and championship, 12 players have yet to see action in 2022 for various reasons, but they’ve persevered thanks to going head-to-head with Laois after beating them on the final day.
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