Saturday 18 November 2017

Eugene McGee: Quality of Coulter and Murphy lights up mediocre affair

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

T here might not have been a whole lot for neutrals to get excited about in yesterday's game in Ballybofey, as neither Donegal nor Down are not likely to win any titles this year, but I enjoyed the game for one reason -- the fact that a player from each team far outshone their respective team-mates and played pivotal roles.

Benny Coulter's record is well-known and he is a proven performer of long standing, but he passed the only genuine test of a great player by getting the crucial scores at the most important times in the game for Down.

Michael Murphy is only starting off his senior inter-county career and, not surprisingly, the Down defence crowded him out of possession by having two or three men in his vicinity every time the high balls descended on him. Despite that, young Murphy had a hand, or fist, in a rake of Donegal scores and one shudders to think just how low Donegal's scoring tally would have been but for his contribution.

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