Thursday 29 June 2017

Jimmy Barry Murphy

Jimmy Barry Murphy
Jimmy Barry Murphy

Has any player ever made it all look as easy? He seemed to emerge fully-formed, like Athena springing from the head of Zeus, as he scored two goals in Cork's 1973 All-Ireland Football Final win, just a year out of minor.

And when Cork's 1976 Munster football replay loss to Kerry put paid to the county's dreams of domination in that game, he was still able to play on a hurling team which won three All-Irelands in a row.

He played key roles in two of those victories, flashing over three late points when switched to centre half-forward in 1976 and getting a vital goal as they beat Kilkenny by four points two years later.

There was plenty to come. But perhaps the quintessential Barry Murphy moment was his Goal of the Century contender against Galway in the 1983 semi-final.

The mid-air connection combined power, grace and audacity, much like the man himself.

Sunday Independent

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