Magical Murphy Seandun’s saviour

A John Paul Murphy point two minutes from time earned Seandun a deserved draw with CIT in this entertaining Evening Echo SHC first round tie at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday.

Indeed the city divisional side had the chance to win the game when they were awarded a 50 metre free, but John Horgan’s effort was inches wide.

Apart from earning his side a second bite of the cherry, JP Murphy was easily the best player on view. Lining out at full-forward, the St. Vincent’s player was moved to centre-forward late in the first-half and made a major contribution, scoring 1-5, all from play.

Seandun also had excellent players in county minor Darragh Rodgers, Wayne Murphy, Eoin Cadogan, Shane Kelly and Paddy Barry.

Not far behind Murphy for Man of the Match was CIT corner-forward Darren Crowley. The former county minor scored seven points, four of from play.

County senior panellist Leigh Desmond was another to do well for the students, along with Ross Cashman, Stephen Corcoran and Adrian Mannix.

CIT will be disappointed at not winning this game. After conceding a second minute goal, they went on a scoring spree, landing eight points in-a-row to lead 0-11 to 1-1 after 25 minutes. Indeed the margin would have been greater but for a superb save by Seandun keeper Richard O’Keeffe from Brian Aherne.

Seandun, who had gone 16 minutes without a score, were in danger of being completely overwhelmed. However, the switch of JP Murphy to centre-forward had the desired effect and three points, two by Murphy, left them within touching distance of CIT who led 0-12 to 1-4 at the break.

Murphy lifted Seandun’s challenge further with two more points early in the second half and, as the tempo of the game picked up, the divisional side drew level when Cormac Dineen set Shane Kelly up for the equalising goal in the 38th minute.

Seandun were now enjoying their best spell and after O’Keeffe denied CIT a goal with another magnificent save, this time from Tony Murphy, the divisional side took the lead with 10 minutes to go when John Horgan pointed two frees.

It was nip and tuck from there to the finish as the sides swapped points to be level on four further occasions, one of those scores a superb effort by Darren Crowley.

The small crowd was treated to some splendid hurling from both sides and it looked as if the students had won the tie when Stephen Corcoran knocked over the lead point with time running out.

However, Seandun were not to be denied and John Paul Murphy hit over the deserved equaliser.

Scorers: Seandun: JP Murphy 1-5; J. Horgan 0-3 (frees); S. Kelly 1-0; I. Looney, K. Brosnan 0-1 each. CIT: D. Crowley 0-7 (0-3 frees); S. Corcoran, L. Desmond (0-1 65) 0-2 each; S. White, D. Lynch, B. Aherne, T. Murphy, D. Mannix 0-1 each.

SEANDUN: R. O’Keeffe (Mayfield); D. Rodgers (Brian Dillons), R. O’Mahony (Delanys), W. Murphy (St. Vincents); R. Foley (Delanys), E. Cadogan (Douglas), D. Lucey (Douglas); P. Barry (Douglas), S. Kelly (Mayfield); C. Barry (St. Vincents), C. Dineen (Douglas), I. Looney (Mayfield); J. Horgan (Brian Dillons), JP Murphy (St. Vincents), K. Foley (Delanys).

Subs: S. Martin (Nemo) for Lucey; K. Brosnan (Brian Dillons) for K. Foley.

CIT: R. Cunningham (Cork); L. O Riain (Cork), A. Barry (Cork), E. Clancy (Cork); D. Lynch (Cork), R. Cashman (Cork); N. Teehan (Tipperary); S. White (Cork), G. O’Mahony (Cork); L. Desmond (Cork), B. Corry (Cork), B. Ahern (Cork); A. Mannix (Cork), S. Corcoran (Cork), D. Crowley (Cork).

Subs: Tony Murphy (Cork) for Ahern; Timmy Murphy (Cork) for Lynch; J. Moylan (Cork) for Teehan; N. Teehan (Tipperary) for Moylan.

Referee: C. McAlister (Aghada).

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