There were a host of stand out performers in what was another exciting installment of the FAI Junior Cup last season.
With over 600 teams entered it’s always hard to narrow it down to one and while we are not over looking the achievements of players across the board we have picked the player we felt impressed most in the blue ribbon amateur competition.
It won’t surprise many to find our pick has come from eventual winners Sheriff YC. Such is the quality of the back to back winners even selecting one from their squad as stand out was difficult, but we went for Lee Murphy.
Murphy missed the early rounds as he only came out of retirement after Christmas, but was essential to his sides success.
The net minder and one of a number of Murphy’s in the side has proven himself a standout keeper and was his brilliant best in the games he played during the campaign, but produced two key contributions that help his side retain the title.
Murphy has proved cooler than John Wayne in a shootout and over the years has saved a scored in vital sot kick sessions.
He twice managed the feat in the FAI Junior Cup this season. Early on after his side were reduced to not ten but nine men inside the opening 25 minutes, Sheriff had to hold off Waterford’s Villa FC for the remaining 90 minutes plus extra-time. They made it to penalties thanks to some good defending and Murphy saves. The keeper then once again proved to be the hero in saving one and scoring the winner to ensure Sheriff advanced to the quarter-finals.
Then in a tight semi final away to Kilarney Celtic the former Shels net minder saved two and scored one to help his side make the final step along the Road to the Aviva.
Once back in the Aviva Sheriff managed to defeat Evergreen and while Muprhy wasn’t really tested he did play a major role in making sure the Alan Reilly managed side reached the decider.