A sen­sa­tional Mur­phy show

Wick­low star scores 6-4

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN at Round­wood


TAKE sev­eral bows Amy Mur­phy, be­cause what you did on Satur­day night in Round­wood was sen­sa­tional.

The Wick­low ace stuck over a sin­gle point in the first half but came to life in the sec­ond pe­riod as she bagged a fur­ther 6-3 from mid­field as she proved to be sim­ply un­mark­able and un­stop­pable.

She marched home three goals in three min­utes be­tween the sec­ond and fourth minute of the sec­ond pe­riod to com­pletely swing this tie in An Tochar’s favour and there was no look­ing back after that for the hosts.

It was an on­i­mous start for An Tochar though. Within the first minute, Eire Og full-for­ward Rachel Pur­cell notched the first of her three goals on the night as she Lisa Mur­phy claimed a loose ball and fisted it to Pur­cell who mus­cled an open­ing and squeezed her shot past Katie Cole­man. There won’t be many oc­ca­sions where some­one scores three goals and isn’t even in con­tention for per­son of the match!

Mur­phy reg­is­tered An Tochar’s first score after four min­utes when she col­lected a pass from Blath­naid Mor­ris be­fore split­ting the posts.

The vis­i­tors thought they were in for a sec­ond goal when a long ball found Pur­cell. To her credit, her marker Re­becca Mol­loy stuck to her like glue and made life awk­ward for Pur­cell who saw her shot turned around the post by Katie Cole­man.

At the other end, An Tochar al­most got a lucky break when a long shot was fall­ing short but Sinead Kelly saved the day as she got a vi­tal fist to the ball to steer it away from dan­ger.

It was then Eire Og’s turn to profit from a weak shot. A com­bi­na­tion of the cross­bar and Cole­man kept out the un­der­hit shot but the ball wrig­gled free to Eva Roche who was hauled to the floor by Cole­man. Ker­ri­anne Hamil­ton coolly stuck away the penalty.

Yvonne Sut­ton, Jess Scott and Therese Mol­loy all raised white flags for the home side as they chipped away at the Eire Og lead but they so nearly had a goal on 12 min­utes. Jen­nifer O’Gor­man was fouled as she charged for­ward but the ref­eree played ad­van­tage well. The cen­tre-half back slipped the ball to Orla Mol­loy who charged to­wards goal but Gemma Kiely de­nied her with a smart save.

The ac­tion was non-stop so mo­ments later Me­gan Healy was dart­ing clean through be­fore un­selfishly pop­ping it to Hamil­ton but she couldn’t ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touch as she punched wide.

Healy had an­other sniff of goal in the 22nd minute and this time she took no chances as she buried her strike to the roof of the net.

The six-point gap was quickly sliced to three when Yvonne Sut­ton’s shot ap­peared to be head­ing wide be­fore it bounced in off Mor­ris. Did you mean it, Blath­naid? We have our doubts.

At the break, Eire Og lead 1-5 3-2 but they were blasted out of the wa­ter by Amy Mur­phy after that.

Her first goal had more than a rub of the green as her at­tempt for a point dipped be­neath the cross­bar but after that, it was all about the un­de­ni­able class of Mur­phy.

Sarah O’Toole set her up for the sec­ond one which she lashed home. After that break in play, Yvonne Sut­ton’s stint in the sin-bin and sec­onds later Sut­ton picked up the ball and fed Mur­phy who snook a shot in at the near post by Kiely for a dev­as­tat­ing third goal in as many min­utes.

Mur­phy’s should have had her fourth goal seven min­utes later and it would have been a thing of beauty. Cole­man’s kick-out bounced over the head of its in­tended tar­gets but Mur­phy swept in to claim it and strode from the half-way to within 12 yards of goal but then drilled it straight at Kiely.

Pur­cell showed there was still life in Eire Og when she slammed home her hat-trick goal but within two min­utes Mur­phy qui­etened the vis­i­tors again with an­other point and goal within sec­onds of each other.

The sides then went tit-for-tat with the white flags un­til Mead­hbh Deeney landed a fine goal for Eire Og but less than a minute later, a sharp turn from Mur­phy saw her spin clear of all de­fend­ers and she lashed the ball to the far cor­ner for goal num­ber five.

Mur­phy de­cided that a five goal haul wasn’t enough though so she timed her leap to per­fec­tion to punch home Therese Mol­loy’s teas­ing pass and seal the vic­tory in style.

Scor­ers - An Tochar: Amy Mur­phy 6-4, Blath­naid Mor­ris 1-0, Jess Scott 0-3, Therese Mol­loy 0-3, Yvonne Sut­ton 0-2.

Eire Og: Rachel Pur­cell 3-0, Mead­hbh Deeney 1-3, Ker­ri­anne Hamil­ton 1-1 (1 pen), Me­gan Healy 1-0, Lisa Mur­phy 0-1, Eva Roche 0-1.

Ni­amh Kenny of Tinahely gets to the ball ahead of Eve Rogers of AGB.

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