Murphy stars as Saints advance

THE superb free taking of John Paul Murphy ensured St Vincent’s got the better of Kiskeam in a scrappy Evening Echo Premier IFC quarter-final at Kilmurry last night.

Murphy kicked three magnificent points from placed balls in the second half at a time when Kiskeam had threatened to spoils the Saints party.

The best score of the night however came from the boot of Vincent’s goalkeeper and reserve Cork keeper Paddy O’Shea, who pointed a 45 in injury time to put his side into the semi-final where they await the winners of the Clyda Rovers/Grenagh clash.

Vincent’s were grateful to the excellence of O’Shea between the posts. While he had little to do in terms of making saves, he did pull off a superb one handed effort in the opening half when he got down low to deny Billy Dennehy.

The city side were worthy winners of a game that lacked any real sparkle. Their football was excellent, particularly in defence where they denied Kiskeam several scores with great blocking down. The approach work of the Saints was excellent also but their finish left a lot to be desired, kicking 10 wides in the first-half when aided by the wind.

Kiskeam were obsessed in trying to walk the ball in when points were there for the taking.

St Vincent’s got the perfect start when David Duggan pointed after just 10 seconds and when Gerry Kelleher tacked on another two minutes later, it looked as if they would this game with plenty to score.

Inexplicably, however, they failed to score for the next 23 minutes as they ruined good approach work through woeful finishing. O’Shea’s superb save from Dennehy’s fisted effort was the closest Kiskeam came to a score but they eventually managed their first score in the 28th minute when AJ O’Connor came forward to land a point.

The aerial dominance of Shane Buckley at midfield and the surging runs of Pat O’Sullivan in attack ensured Vincent’s finished strongly to lead 0-6 to 0-1 at half time.

Kiskeam resumed the second half with that extra pep in their step and three points in a row had the deficit down to two points after 37 minutes and Vincent’s began to struggle.

John Paul Murphy came to their rescue when he pointed a difficult free, but the Duhallow side, using the wind well, hit back strongly and by the end of the third quarter only the minimum separated the sides as Billy Dennehy and Robert Carroll scored a point each.

Vincent’s were again grateful to JP Murphy who kicked two excellent points from frees, but Kiskeam refused to give up the chase and with Cork minor football captain Daniel Fitzgerald and Billy Dennehy giving the Vincent’s defence a torrid time, the deficit was back to a single point with four minutes of normal time left.

However, it was the closest Vincent’s allowed them to get and Murphy pointed his fourth free before Paddy O’Shea put the seal on a deserved Saints victory with a point from a 45 in injury time.

Scorers for St Vincent’s: JP Murphy 0-5 (4f); G Kelleher 0-2; D Duggan, J Buckley, P O’Sullivan, P O’Shea (45) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kiskeam: R Carroll 0-2 (0-1 free); AJ O’Connor, S Linehan, D O’Leary (f), B Dennehy, M Herlihy, D Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

ST VINCENTS: P O’Shea; T O’Connell, D O’Regan, W Murphy; J Canniffe, W McCarthy, P Aherne; C Kenneally, S Buckley; J Buckley, D Duggan, G Kelleher; P O’Sullivan, JP Murphy, C Barry.

Subs: T Hornibrook for Barry (45); I O’Sullivan for S Buckley (45); T O’Sullivan for J Buckley (55).

KISKEAM: D Cronin; P Cronin, J Dennehy, J Angland; M Casey, S Linehan, AJ O’Connor; E O’Mahony, P O’Leary; M O’Herlihy, D Scannell, D Fitzgerald; D O’Leary, B Dennehy, R Carroll.

Subs: D Linehan for Scannell (half time); J Angland for D O’Leary (55).

Referee: P O’Leary (Kilmurry).

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