Father and son John Paul and Blake Murphy help Vincent's to win in JAHC

Father and son John Paul and Blake Murphy help Vincent's to win in JAHC
Blake Murphy, Eve Mullins, Carolanne Murphy and John Paul Murphy at the St. Vincent's GAA 75th. Anniversary Dinner at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.Picture: Mike English

St Vincent’s 2-10 

Bishopstown 2-8 

THE Saints went marching on to the semi- final of the Sportsturf Solutions Seandun Junior A hurling championship following a hard-earned win over Bishopstown at Ballinlough on Tuesday night.

What a night it proved for the father and son St Vincent’s partnership of John Paul and Blake Murphy.

Blake had a terrific game finishing with eight points while father John Paul came off the bench to win crucial dirty ball when the game hung in the balance.

Conditions were equivalent to a dreary November wet night and that’s certainly didn’t help the standard of hurling.

In the opening quarter scores were a rarity with the free taking of Conor Luttrell keeping the Town in control.

Playing against the wind Vincent’s were forced to battle hard and when Blake Murphy struck over a monstrous point in the fifth minute the sides were level.

Bishopstown looked to be lacking firepower but Luttrell punished the Saints in the 26th minute with a superb goal that gave them a five-point lead.

In the closing minutes another Vincent’s stalwart Cian De Barra got on the end of a fabulous strike to billow the back of the net and three Blake Murphy points ensured they led at the break 1-7 to 1-6.

The second half was a dogfight but Bishopstown stunned Vincent’s with a Bert Lane goal just four minutes into the restart.

Playing with the aid of a strong wind Vincent’s responded with three Blake Murphy unanswered points.

The game was there for the taking and it was Vincent’s that sealed it following a cracking Jamie O’Donovan goal with eight minutes remaining.

The closing minutes were frantic as Bishopstown battled to get back in the game but Vincent’s held firm to book a last four berth.

It was a night for the Saints to savour as they continue in their quest to regain their former glory days of championship hurling.

Scorers for St Vincent’s: B Murphy 0-8 (0-4f,65), J O’Donovan 1-0, C De Barra 1-0, A O’Donoghue (f), C O’Neill (0-1 each).

Bishopstown: C Luttrell 1-7 (0-6f), B Lane 1-0, S Foley 0-1.

St Vincent’s: C Cahill; P O’Halloran, C Murphy, D Lockyer; A Sorensen, K Sorensen, R Duffy; A Harte, J O’Mahony; K Whitley, J O’Donovan, C O’Neill; A O’Donoghue, C Barry, B Murphy.

Subs: J P Murphy for K Whitley, K Mullen for P O’Halloran.

Bishopstown: J Hannon; S O’Rourke, B Spillane, B O’Neill; A Dunlea, B McConville, C Sexton; K Foley, S Foley; B Coffey, L Lordan, A O’Sullivan; C Luttrell, B Lane, K Barry.

Subs: C Walsh for K Barry, D Walsh for C Walsh (inj), B Donovan for A Dunlea.

Referee: Paul Delaney (Blackrock).

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