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Murchan All-Ireland call earns Gavin EirGrid Manager Moment of the Year

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Jim Gavin

Jim Gavin

Jim Gavin has added the inaugural EirGrid Manager Moment of the Year award to his list of achievements in 2019.

Laois hurling manager Eddie Brennan won the Moment of the Month award for July while Tipp boss Liam Sheedy was the winner in August, but it was Dublin boss Gavin's decision to start Eoin Murchan in the All-Ireland final replay against Kerry that stood out as the outstanding moment of the year.

Murchan's goal in the opening seconds of the second half in the replay was a strong candidate for score of the 2019 championships.

A brilliant individual effort, it proved crucial in reinforcing Dublin's successful bid to become the first county - in either football or hurling - to win the All-Ireland in five successive seasons.

The 23-year-old Na Fianna man played very well in a defensive role too, vindicating Gavin's decision to name him in the starting 15.

Murchan had come on as a sub in the drawn final and obviously convinced Gavin that he was ready for the added responsibility of playing from the start in the replay. It was an inspired decision by Gavin. He had a lot of options at his disposal and made the correct choice by selecting Murchan, who repaid his manager with an excellent performance.

It was the latest in a series of shrewd calls by Gavin as he presided over Dublin's historic success, which in addition to ensuring that they earned a place in history, also took their unbeaten championship run to 37 games and earned him the EirGrid Manager Moment of the Year award.

He was chosen for the accolade by former Dublin football manager Paul Caffrey, former Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan, and Irish Independent GAA Editor Martin Breheny.

"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Jim Gavin," said Valerie Hedin, Head of Communications at EirGrid. "Jim's powerful leadership qualities and expert managerial tactics have played a huge role in the development of the players."

Irish Independent