Thursday 23 November 2017

Colm Cooper paid Carlow's Brendan Murphy a serious compliment after their shock win over Wexford Newsdesk Newsdesk

Carlow are still celebrating a first win in the Leinster championship for six years after upsetting Séamus 'Banty' McEnaney's Wexford at Netwatch Dr Cullen yesterday.

Paul Broderick's 10-point haul, despite receiving his marching orders late on for a second yellow, was central to Carlow's victory, but the performance of their powerhouse midfielder Brendan Murphy was also pivotal, contributing 1-2 from play.

The Rathvilly clubman, who spent some time in Australia after signing a rookie contract by the Sydney Swans in 2007 before returning home two years later, has been a talismanic figure for Carlow ever since.

Speaking on the Sunday Game last night, Kerry legend Colm Cooper lauded the the 28-year-old and said he would be a starter for any inter-county team in the country.

"He is a class player and he would be on all sides," he said.

"We see Gary Brennan from Clare who was similar last year.

"This guy is a top player, he's played at International Rules level. He would be on Kerry and Dublin teams."

Brendan Murphy of Carlow in action against Daithi Waters of Wexford during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Carlow and Wexford at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow

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