Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Captain Michael Murphy integral to Donegal's success

Key man: Michael Murphy is an inspiration for his team-mates

Donegal captain Michael Murphy has found himself fulfilling a dual role in the Ulster championship to date.

In the quarter-final win over Derry, he played a deep-lying role in the first-half but when he moved to his more natural habitat at full-forward in the second period, his aerial power and clinical finishing proved the springboard for his team's victory.

Then against Antrim in the semi-final he again proved hugely effective as the target man in attack, scoring three points and helping to create other scores.

Just how he will be deployed in Sunday's provincial final remains to be seen but Donegal wing-back Frank McGlynn believes that the skipper provides considerable inspiration.

"When you have someone like Michael Murphy playing close to goal it always help to take pressure off in the middle of the field," stresses McGlynn. "The opposition can become so worried about the target man inside that this can allow us to have a little more space to work in at midfield.

"Monaghan are particularly good in this area, though, and they will have their homework done on us. But at the same time we know that Michael is always capable of winning any ball."

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