[Frontpage] Statistical Review of Ireland v Wales

Ireland cruised to a 3-0 win over Wales in the opening game of the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin last night. TFK present the statistics from that game.

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Ireland’s margin of victory was emphatic in the end but the truth was that Ireland were far from dominating over the course of the 90 minutes. It’s difficult to draw any particular conclusions from a friendly international but it’s worth noting from the individual statistics below how involved Ciaran Clark was on his debut. He completed 38 successful passes, joint second in the Irish team behind John O’Shea and had 24 defensive interventions, third most on the team.

Seamus Coleman had a quieter game on his first start for Ireland but pro rata based on minutes on the park he compares well with Damien Duff who was comfortably Ireland’s best player.

[size=2]Hover over the graph below to see individual totals.[/size]

In terms of the game itself Ireland had plenty more shots than their opponents (12 to 4) with 7 times as many on target but the passing statistics don’t suggest a massive imbalance in the distribution of play. Wales actually completed more passes than their counterparts but Ireland’s passing success rate was pointedly superior (52.2% to 48.7&).

The graph below illustrates the balance of play over time. Ireland’s greater number of successful passes from the half hour mark until 75 minutes coincided with the shift in play as Ireland progressed from edging the game slightly to putting the match completely beyond Wales’ reach.

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