Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Shot-shy Glentoran are denied by Murphy

Glentoran striker Gary Hamilton

Goalkeeper Paul Murphy was the toast of the Newry City fans on Saturday after his penalty stop from Gary Hamilton helped his side to a valuable home point.

Having conceded three goals in the midweek defeat to Coleraine, after a poor team performance in the second half, Murphy and his compatriots kept a clean sheet against what is arguably the best strike force in the country, Hamilton and Andrew Waterworth.

“I’m happy with any save but when it’s a penalty save then it’s a little bit more special.

“While we got a point out of the game I felt that we could have got all three,” said Murphy.

“The team is improving every week although we had a little blip during the week against Coleraine. But we’ll forget about that and concentrate on next Friday night against Dungannon.”

The Dundalk-based stopper moved to The Showgrounds after spells at Ballymena United and Portadown and he says that playing with the likes of Cullen Feeney and Michael Collins at Shamrock Park has made it easier for the team to get results so far this season.

“I knew all the lads before I came here so that was a good thing,” he said.

“They have confidence in me and I have confidence in them and the more clean sheets we keep then the more the confidence will grow.

“I was disappointed at conceding three goals during the week but that was just a freak result. We’ve set our stall out now and we’ve shown what we can do so there is no excuse for any of the players not to perform.

“I wouldn’t mind playing against the likes of Glentoran every week because it brings the best out of the players.

“I think that sometimes when you go to the supposed lower teams in the league you maybe don’t give as much as you should do. But we’ve set our standard now and we can’t let it drop. We just need everybody round the club to get behind us and we can start pushing up the table.”

Glentoran manager Alan McDonald was disappointed his side were held to a third draw in five league matches this season.

“Newry will regard this result as a point gained for them but we are very disappointed to lose two points,” he said. “The performance and result was unacceptable for a team that wants to win a title.”

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