Mid­field mae­stro Michael led Barn­dar­rig to vic­tory


PICK­ING up the Ju­nior B Foot­baller of the Year award was as far re­moved from the mind of Barn­dar­rig mid­fielder Michael Murphy as could be pos­si­ble.

When the club chair­man phoned him to tell him of the news, on the same night as Barn­dar­rig lifted the Di­vi­sion 4 league ti­tle as it hap­pened, he pre­sumed it was the club's own award he had won.

“I didn't even know such an award ex­isted to be hon­est,” said a proud Michael. “I was hap­pier win­ning the cham­pi­onship with Barn­dar­rig than I was win­ning an award but it's great at the end of the day,” he added.

It was a year of su­perb highs and dev­as­tat­ing lows for the Kil­macurra men. Un­de­feated in the league, they also crossed many dif­fi­cult hur­dles on the play­ing fields dur­ing the year, none less than the clash against Balt­in­glass where they found them­selves nine points down at half time.

“We lost the fi­nal last year by two points in a re­play so this year we thought that it was goig to be our year. We were un­der new man­age­ment and we went un­de­feated in the league. Then we played Rath­new in the group game and we were miss­ing four or five play­ers and they only beat us in the end so we knew we were go­ing to be ok.

“I sup­pose the Balt­in­glass game was the tough­est really. We were nine points down at half time and I got the win­ning point in the last few sec­onds. We thought our cham­pi­onship was over at half time. We went in and we were quiet. Any team would find it hard to come back from be­ing nine points down but we had a chat. We talked about all the hard work and about our man­ager Eu­gen Sheelin pass­ing away dur­ing the year. That was men­tioned dur­ing the year and that drove us on. That win against Balt­in­glass was the turn­ing point,” he said.

As Michael said he bagged the win­ning point that day, to add to sev­eral oth­ers dur­ing the game. The win­ning score came from their won kick out he re­calls.

“Our cap­tain Kevin Dempsey won the ball and gave it to me. I passed it to Jim Wal­dron and he gave it back to me and I hoofed it and it went over,” he said mod­estly.

In the fi­nal against Rath­new he played a piv­otal role. In the Wicklow Peo­ple match report he is de­scribed as be­ing the star for Barn­dar­rig and in­deed he was.

When it comes to peo­ple he wishes to men­tion in light of his award he lists off the names of Kieran O'Brien, Tom Byrne, Jim Wal­dron, John Clarke and the late Eu­gene Sheelin and of course his com­rades on the field of play dur­ing 2012.

Michael Murphy with the sil­ver­ware.

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