Black card working, scoring on increase

For the second week running, the total amount of goal and points across the National Football League are up on last year.

As managers continue to point to the black card for the high scores in this year’s competition, the statistics appear to back up their assertions. A total of 25-347 was registered across the 15 games this past weekend, an average of 24.8 scored per game (a goal and a point considered the same).

That compares with 30-304, an average of 22.2, across 15 round two games last year, excluding last year’s Carlow-London game as their corresponding fixture in Ruislip this year on Sunday was postponed.

The points total in Division 1 on Sunday was up by 33 points on the four round two fixtures last year, although there were two more goals scored. Combining this year’s round 1 and round 2 totals over the four divisions, 62-757 has been scored in contrast to 59-677 over the same number of games (31). That works out at an average 26.42 scores per game this year compared to 23.74 last season.

GAA referees chief Pat McEnaney has refused to draw any conclusions on the ramifications of the black card until later in the league.


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