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Thursday 14 December 2017

Murphy's delight

Daryl Murphy. Photo by Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile
Daryl Murphy. Photo by Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Ireland emerge from the one of the longest tunnels in international football after one of the longest nights.

Daryl Murphy bears the widest grin after stooping to conquer with his first international goal to earn a point.

Murphy's draw in a match where the law that bears his name applied - anything that could happen did.

"It was nice, nice to come on and get the first one," he says of his 80th-minute bullet header from yet another delicious Robbie Brady delivery, his first in his 24th appearance in a fitful nine-year career in green.

"I just thought that if I get a chance I need to take it, I don't know who was marking me but I got a bit of time on it and I made sure I got a good contact on it.

"I moved to the back, moved forward and luckily no-one followed me. This is a very hard place to come and get a result."

Ireland rail against a number of decisions; a penalty they felt shouldn't have stood and a goal they felt should.

"I don't think many teams will come here and win, as they are a good side. The officials were poor and the pitch was poor but we were very happy with the point," says Murphy.

"You do think about it, not scoring for Ireland, but in the games I played my performances were good.

"I was getting chances that just weren't going for whatever reason, saves and that, it wasn't like I was missing one on ones, I was getting good contact and they were getting away from me.

"I had always hoped my first goal would be an important one and it was. I was delighted - it's a monkey off my back and we have come away from here with a draw."

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