Monday 19 February 2018

Murphy finds silver lining after agony of missed penalty in U-21 decider

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DONEGAL star Michael Murphy believes he will be a better player for his All-Ireland U-21 final penalty agony.

The Glenswilly star's injury-time kick rattled off the crossbar in the decider against Dublin when his side were just two points down.

"You have no other option but to get up and get on with it and get back playing football," he said. "I just got back playing club football and training .

"You just have to get on with and get over these disappointments and try to learn from the experiences."

Murphy lined out for his club the day after that decider and appreciated the irony when he converted a penalty in the match.

"I was kind of laughing when I got it. It is just one of these things but it just shows you some days these things work for you and other days they don't. It was just unfortunate.

"I suppose on the day Dublin were the better team, but if I had put it in the back of the net, we would probably be sitting here as All-Ireland champions."

Murphy is also a key part of the county's senior side, who take on Down in Ballybofey on Sunday week. Former Donegal manager Brian McIver is part of the Mourne backroom team and Murphy agrees this will be a benefit to the Division 2 runners-up.

"That is going to get a lot of attention. Brian brought me into the Donegal team a couple of years ago. Any dealings I had with him were first-class. He is a top-drawer man, a very nice man too.

"Down are going to be very well prepared for the game."

However, after last year's shock Ulster Championship defeat at the hands of Antrim and the two-point reversal they suffered at the hands of James McCartan's side in the League earlier this year, Donegal are not short on motivation.

"It is massive just to get back to winning ways in Ulster," said Murphy. "Getting beat by Antrim and Derry in our own back-yard in Ballybofey in the last two years were two big disappointments. So the only way to get over that and progress in the championship is to try and win in a couple of weeks' time in Ballybofey."

Irish Independent

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