Photo: Mayo Mick
Not wishing to open old wounds or anything but the decision to withdraw Alan Freeman so early in last year’s All-Ireland final had many scratching their heads both on the day itself and for months afterwards. Alan was, with some justification, seen as one of our principal scoring threats that day and over the course of our just-concluded 2014 League campaign he has gone on to underscore this point further.
Despite not re-establishing himself as a member of the starting fifteen until the Kerry game in Round 3 (having come on as a second half sub in both of the first two games), the Aghamore man’s 4-22 haul for the campaign as a whole means that he’s comfortably our leading scorer in this year’s NFL, as the table below shows.
As you can see from the table, Kevin McLoughlin (with 1-24), Cillian O’Connor (1-11), Adam Gallagher (0-14), Jason Doherty (2-6), Mikie Sweeney (2-5), Lee Keegan (1-7) and Jason Gibbons (2-3) were our other leading sharpshooters this spring. In all, a total of 22 players got their names on the scoresheet for us at some point over the eight League matches we played.
It’s always worth checking how many of the scores we got came from placed balls. Well, the answer to that one is that 1-15 of Alan Freeman’s total of 4-22 did (this includes free kicks, ’45s and a converted penalty), 0-12 of Kevin McLoughlin’s 1-24, nine of Adam Gallagher’s fourteen points and 0-8 of Cillian O’Connor’s 1-11. In addition, all three of Robbie Hennelly’s points came from ’45s, while one of Andy Moran’s points (the one he blasted over at the death the last day) also came from a free.