St Marys -2
Park United- 1
Rachel Ryan O’Gorman Photography
17 year old Eoin Murphy had to be taken early to ensure he could get home to meet his bed time, but not before he struck what turned out to a crucial strike for his new club.
The striker who top scored and caught the eye at under age level last season made his first senior start and capped it off with his first senior goal as Mary’s registered their first win of the season as they beat Park United in the Keane Cup.
Obviously with freshness and the league in mind the management made six changes from the weekend’s league opener.
Murphy, who was one of those six alterations, had a chance just wide on early on, but inspired by Shane Cahill the visitors began to dominate, but the tie remained scoreless at the break.
Kyle Keeley and Aidan O’Callaghan impressed as Mary’s started the second half the better and it wasn’t too long before they took the lead.
Fresh faced Murphy was played through one on one and opened his Mary’s account with a cool finish.
The striker taken off soon after but his replacement wasted no time in making a mark of his own. Spitrire converted a stunning free kick to give his side some breathing space.
It turns out they needed the cushion as Park scored a late peno to leave just one between the sides. However, the Cahill spot kick came to late and Mary’s won the cup clash.