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5 Stats To Take Away From The Opening Weekend Of The Leinster And Ulster Championships

5 Stats To Take Away From The Opening Weekend Of The Leinster And Ulster Championships
By PJ Browne

On the surface, the Leinster and Ulster Football Championships began in unremarkable fashion.

None of the big guns were in action.

It was time for some of the lesser lights of the Championship to shine.

When you dig deeper, there are some interesting stats to take away from the weekend.

Offaly's first Leinster Championship win since 2007

Nine years ago, Offaly beat Carlow in the quarter-final of the Leinster Championship. It would take them until until yesterday against Longford to register another provincial victory.

The eight-point win on Sunday also broke a two-year losing streak against Longford.

Offaly's biggest Championship score in 16 years

The 2-21 put on the scoreboard at O'Connor Park on Sunday was Offaly's biggest haul since 1997 against the same opposition.

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Entertainment at O'Moore Park

The 4,575 spectators who turned out at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise on Saturday got serious value for money. The double header - Louth vs Carlow and Laois vs Wicklow - produced a total score of 8-69.

Between Saturday evening and the weekend's other two games - Offaly vs Longford and Fermanagh vs Antrim - the aggregate scoreboard reads 13- 124 points.

Louth

Major contributors to the weekend's total score were Louth. It was their biggest score since they beat Carlow way back in 1994.

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19-year-old Ryan Burns was one of the heroes for the Wee County, notching up 1-7.

Longford's lengthy wait

On the Sunday Game, Ciaran Whelan and Dessie Dolan highlighted the problem weaker counties have with players opting out of Championship football once their side have been KO'd from the provincials.

One factor is the lengthy wait until the next game. For Longford and Antrim - following defeat at the weekend - it will be six weeks until they play in the qualifiers.

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Picture credit: Sportsfile

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