The mighty Murphy
Michael fires over late free to save the day for Barndarrig
BARNDARRIG ST PATRICK’S 0-10 0-10
NEIGHBOURS Barndarrig and St Patricks travelled to Laragh on Friday night last, August 2, to do battle in their Fitzgerald Kitchens Junior ‘A’ football fixture.
It turned into a keenly fought encounter, with both sets of defenders making it difficult for forwards to create openings from play.
Twenty scores were registered over the course of the game. However, when we note that only four points came from play, it gives some indication of how tight a regime the defenders were running on both sides.
Barndarrig established a threepoint lead at one stage in the first half but were reined by half-time. St Pats worked very hard in the second half and looked to have established a winning lead as the game entered the time added period at the end of the second half.
However, they too were pulled back in the four minutes of added time and Barndarrig rescued a point from a game they looked to be in huge danger of losing.
Barndarrig got on the scoreboard almost from the throw-in when Michael Murphy pointed a first minute free. While play moved from end to end, the opportunities for scores were minimal. Michael Murphy was emerging as the Barndarrig ‘go to’ man in their attack but the St Pats defence were adapting a tight marking regime on the dangerous full-forward, having switched selected midfielder Matthew Traynor to the full-back role before the throw-in.
Murphy pointed another free after eight minutes before St Patrick’s opened their account with a James Kavanagh point a minute later, also from a free.
Midfielder Rory Marron brought the sides level when he received a pass from Cian O’Brien and scored the point of the game from about 40 metres.
However, Barndarrig midfielder Anthony Quinn immediately responded, putting Barndarrig back into the lead when he scored his side’s only score from play.
St Pats were coping well with the normal advantage that Barndarrig usually enjoy from the ‘twin towers’ partnership of the tall Quinn brothers Bernard and Anthony.
The seasiders continued to break down the ball and hoovered up more than their share of the breaking ball.
However, they were suffering greatly from disputing refereeing decisions and had the ball moved forward against them on a number of occasions.
Michael Murphy pointed two more frees to put Barndarrig 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after twenty minutes. Refereeing matters came to a head at this stage with the man in the middle, Trevor Culbert, from Rathnew, calling both captains together and informing them that he would not be continuing the game unless he received a name he sought from the St Pats sideline. The matter was resolved, and play continued with St Pats improving considerably once their focus went off the referee’s performance.
James Kavanagh pointed a free, added another when set up by a Rory Marron pass and he brought the sides level when he pointed another free in the first minute of time added on. That left the half-time score at 0-5 apiece with everything still up for grabs.
Barndarrig went ahead again in the first minute after the restart with another pointed Michael Murphy free.
However, St Pats were working very hard and they sensed that this was a match they could win. The Kilmacurra side just could not get going and were hugely dependent on Michael Murphy for scores with few if any attempts at scores being made by other players.
Centre back Niall Earls pointed a mighty 45 to level matters again on ten minutes, Murphy pointed twice again with Niall Earls coming back to reduce the lead to the minimum. Rory Marron levelled the game at the 20-minute mark when he got his second point from play.
With Pats sensing victory and Barndarrig fighting to save the game, excitement was mounting. Both sides were wide from free attempts, but James Kavanagh pointed St Pats into the lead with five minutes to go following a foul on Eamon Wolfe.
Once again Michael Murphy brought the game level from a free with two minutes left.
As the game entered their time added period, Niall Earls put the seasiders ahead with a retaken free. Barndarrig were now in mortal danger but Michael Murphy saved their bacon when he pointed his ninth free of the game to leave the final score at 0-10 apiece.
St Patrick’s put in a tremendous effort in this game and will feel they probably lost one of the two match points. Barndarrig, however, on the other hand, were very disappointed with their own display and would probably accept that they won a match point here.
Scorers – Barndarrig: Michael Murphy 0-9, Anthony Quinn 0-1.
St Patricks: James Kavanagh 0-5, Niall Earls 0-3, Rory Marron 0-2.