Video: Irish striker hits form ahead of Bosnia clash with hat-trick
Daryl Murphy has emphatically ended a13 league game goal drought by bagging a hat trick for Ipswich during their victory over Rotherham in the Championship.
Murphy has struggled this term to recreate the form that saw him finish as the Championship’s top-scorer last season with an impressive 27 goals.
However, the Waterford man appears to have rediscovered his touch, netting once in the first half, and twice in the second, to help Mick McCarthy’s side to a 5-2 win.
The news will come as music to the ears of Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill ahead of the Boys in Green’s Euro 2016 forthcoming play offs with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ireland’s striker reserves are significantly depleted going into Friday’s away leg by the suspension of Jonathan Walters, and Shane Long’s ankle injury which he sustained in the loss to Poland last month.
It’s unlikely Robbie Keane will have the legs to lead the line for 90 minutes in the Stadion Bilino polje, so Murphy’s resurgence provides O’Neill with a welcome new option.
Murphy made three appearances in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, the most recent of which was in Ireland’s incredible 1-0 victory over world champions Germany at the Aviva Stadium.
Murphy was surprisingly selected to start ahead of eventual match-winner Long, though he made little impact before being replaced by the Tipp native after 65 minutes.
He may now get a shot at redemption.