Donegal's hopes of an All-Ireland semi-final took a hit with the loss of Patrick McBrearty and Eoghan Ban Gallagher, but one man's outstanding form could be enough to see them through. The outstanding Michael Murphy is back to his best.
Murphy endured a frustrating 2017 with problematic knee and groin injuries. He returned five months ago against Dublin in their Croke Park National League encounter but was out-of-form and sluggish. After that game, he stayed behind for extra conditioning work.
When everyone else has left, Michael Murphy is doing extra runs in an empty Croke Park. A bit rusty on his comeback tonight, but that’s the difference! pic.twitter.com/yMIq4wDD5d
— Eamon Donoghue (@DonoghueEamon) February 10, 2018
Roscommon and Donegal met today in the second round of the All-Ireland quarter-final series. The reward of that work was evident today as the Glenswilly clubman looked in peak condition. Playing as an inside forward at the edge of the square, Murphy finished with nine points in a spectacular performance.
Lovely score from Donegal's Michael Murphy! pic.twitter.com/8y4ilG62vu
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 21, 2018
Where would Donegal be without Michael Murphy? A colossus.
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) July 21, 2018
Commentating on Michael Murphy is one of the joys of life. Superb
— Thomas Niblock (@thomasniblock) July 21, 2018
Murphy at full forward a joy to watch!!! #donegalroscommon
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) July 21, 2018
Michael Murphy is the best player in the country when he gets going
— anto friel (@antobanto15) July 21, 2018
In the end, Donegal ran out 0-20 to 0-13 winners. They are set for a huge battle in two weeks as they face Tyrone.