Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Siegerson Cup: Murphy is the master

Quarter-final: DCU 0-17 Queen's 0-9

It may have been billed as a Sigerson Cup quarter-final between a dominant force in the competition in recent years and an Ulster outfit with aspirations of glory – but this was the Michael Murphy show.

The Donegal All-Ireland winning captain helped himself to 10 points in a swashbuckling solo show as he propelled DCU into the last four.

Murphy's sublime finishing oozed class, his elegant style and subtle touches serving to dismantle a beleaguered Queen's defence.

Even playing into the teeth of a strong wind in the first half, DCU led by a point at the break, 0-8 to 0-7, before Murphy moved onto a different planet, almost nonchalantly swinging over a succession of scores.

Experienced Dublin All-Ireland winners Johnny McCarthy and Paul Flynn along with Longford ace Mickey Quinn provided him with admirable back-up while Dean Rock and Chris McGuinness were also on the scoresheet.

James Kielt led the Queen's resistance with half a dozen points while Shay McArdle, Chris Sheerin and Donal O'Hare grabbed points but the attack was forced to operate on a limited diet of possession.

DCU scorers: M Murphy (0-10), C McGuinness (0-3), D Rock (0-2), P Flynn, M Quinn (0-1 each).

Queen's scorers: J Kielt (0-6), S McArdle, C Sheerin, D O'Hare (0-1 each).

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