Murphy inspires St Vincent’s to victory

SIX points from the boot of John Paul Murphy inspired St Vincent’s to victory over Grenagh in the second round of the Premier IFC at Ballyanly on Saturday night.

Murphy struck four points in seven minutes in the opening half to drag Vincent’s back into a game that was in danger of slipping away from them.

Having played with a strong breeze at their backs in the first-half, Grenagh needed more than the one point lead they boasted at the break. When Patrick O’Sullivan opened St Vincent’s second-half account with a goal from a penalty to give them the lead for the first time in the game, the momentum swung firmly in their favour. From that moment Gavin O’Connor’s men dictated the game, outscoring their opponents 1-6 to 0-2 in the second-half.

Grenagh had settled the quicker of the two sides, with Tom Kenny and John Russell controlling things at midfield. Points from Kelvin Cummins and DD Dorgan as well as an eye-catching brace from Kenny made their early dominance count on the scoreboard. However unlike St Vincent’s in the second-half, Grenagh were unable to shut their opponents out at the other end and leaked points to Derek O’Connor and Daniel Duggan. Two early wides from Murphy should have set alarm bells ringing in the Grenagh camp as the corner forward was popping up all over the pitch and finally found his range on 18 minutes.

Along with tireless wing back Darren O’Regan, Murphy seemed intent on keeping Vincent’s in the match and a late first-half flurry left the score at 0-8 to 0-7.

With the introduction of Anthony Harte at half-time St Vincent’s had a very mobile attack and this was where the majority of the second-half was played out.

Referee Michael Collins had little hesitation in pointing to the spot seven minutes after the interval when the elusive Gerard Kelleher was hauled to the ground when bearing down on goal. O’Sullivan powered the spot-kick past Michael Barry and with that the Grenagh heads dropped.

The goal was followed by six unanswered points, including a fantastic solo effort by O’Regan, as St Vincent’s went through the gears. Grenagh were reduced to long hopeful balls into the forward line which were easily dealt with by the taller and stronger Vincent’s defence.

Scorers for St Vincent’s: JP Murphy 0-6 (0-3f), P O’Sullivan 1-0, D Duggan, G Kelleher, D O’Connor 0-2 each, A Buckley 0-1.

Scorers for Grenagh: D Dorgan 0-4 (0-3f), S Coleman (0-2f), T Kenny 0-2 each, K Cummins, J Russell 0-1 each.

ST VINCENT’S: M Smith; T O’Connell, P Cunningham, W Murphy; A O’Callaghan, A Fenton, D O’Regan; C Keneally, P O’Sullivan; J Buckley, A Buckley, D Duggan; G Kelleher, D O’Connor, JP Murphy. Sub: A Harte for J Buckley (ht).

GRENAGH: M Barry; M Lehane, R Dorgan, A McCarthy; P McCarthy, D Dorgan, C Kenny; T Kenny, J Russell; C Fitzgerald, D Dorgan, U Duggan; K Cummins, S Coleman, T Walsh.

Subs: S Dorgan for P McCarthy (30), N O’ Doherty for Cummins (43).

Referee: M Collins (Clonakilty)

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