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05th Feb 2017

The top scorer charts in Divisions One and Two make for bloody fascinating reading

The hotshots

Conan Doherty

Some stats are pointless, some don’t tell the whole story. Some are indisputable though.

How much does your sharpshooter score? Simple as that.

He’s there to rack up points, he’s there to win games and he can be judged on how much he contributes on the scoreboard.

Conor McManus is there to win the game for Monaghan – they don’t need him winning ball and laying off or going out for breaks or decoy runs or any of that selfless stuff that he could do in his sleep. They need him to win games for them and, more often than not, he damn well delivers.

After the first round of Allianz Football League fixtures, the usual suspects have emerged – Dublin sit on top of the Division One, but the same guys are firing the same teams.

After game week one, the top scorers charts are making for interesting reading.

Division One

Paul Geaney’s 2-2 from play helped Kerry to a fine victory in Donegal.

The Kingdom were actually nine points to the good with 15 minutes to go but didn’t score thereafter and their hosts reduced the deficit to three.

McManus pulled a McManus as Monaghan won in Mayo whilst Seanie Johnston’s breathtaking performance wasn’t enough to keep Cavan any closer to Dublin.

Division Two

Colm O’Neill got 25 minutes against Galway – 25 minutes – and he scored five points, four from play.

Niall Kelly and Ben McCormack ripped Meath apart themselves. Honourable mention for Donal Lenihan who still managed to feature in the face of a 10-point defeat.

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