SUCCESS RATE Danny Kirby was nothing if not accurate during the National League. Pic: Sportsfile
OF the 11 Mayo players with a conversion rate of 50 per cent or more, Danny Kirby takes pride of place.
The Castlebar Mitchels man kicked five points from five shots at goal, making him Mayo’s most clinical shooter. What’s even more impressive about the scores is none of them were handed to him on a plate. They were either difficult shots from tough angles or involved Kirby breaking through a tackle to get into a more kickable range.
Kirby is not the only Mayo player with a 100 per cent conversion rate. Three other players have nailed all their shots and, incredibly, two of them are corner backs!
Brendan Harrison scored twice from his only two shots, against Roscommon, and Keith Higgins scored with his only shot of the league, against Donegal. Obviously those figures carry a certain health warning, as the sample size is low.
So does the other 100 per cent man, former panellist Alan Freeman, who scored with his one and only shot of the league, against Monaghan in the opening game.
For the record, the other players with a conversion rate of 50 per cent or more are, from highest to lowest: Tom Parsons (4/5, 80 per cent), Cillian O’Connor (34/58, 59 per cent), Kevin McLoughlin (6/11, 55 per cent), Andy Moran (8/15, 53 per cent), Conor O’Shea (4/8, 50 per cent), Colm Boyle (2/4, 50 per cent) and Conor Loftus (2/4, 50 per cent).
Parsons’ figures are very impressive, and he’ll be annoyed that his only miss, an effort for a point against Cavan, was arguably the easiest of the five.
Andy Moran’s percentages would be higher too if it were not for some poor decisions to go for goal, which we highlighted some weeks back.