In a star-studded East Kerry team of past and present Kingdom stars that took the field last weekend, young Ruairi Murphy outshone them all.
The Kerry U20 forward impressed as his team made light work of Kerin O'Rahillys in the Kerry Senior Football Championship curtain-raiser, beating them 2-2o to 1-11.
With David Clifford starting on the bench because of a knock, it was expected that former and current Kerry players James O'Donoghue and Paudie Clifford would take the limelight in the Kerry SFC, but Ruairi Murphy stole the show kicking 1-5 in total.
The Listry club man was in the right place at the right time for his goal, as great work by O'Donoghue and Ronan Buckley made it a tap in for the 20-year-old. However, he can also create scores on his own as this great individual point off his right showcases.
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An iarracht dochreidte seo ó Ruairi Murphy agus níos mó ar GAA 2022
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The Kerry u20 star will have certainly caught Kerry manager Jack O'Connor's attention with this display.
However, the East Kerry star is somewhat unheralded. Though he featured for Declan O'Sullivan's U20 team this year, he has not come through the usual conveyor belt of Kerry football. Instead, he focused on basketball with his club Killorgin. It appears that he is talented in both sports, as he scored 22 points against UCD Marian in the U20 National cup semifinal this year.
If he makes Kerry's senior panel for 2023, he'll join Monaghan's Stephen O'Hanlon as inter-county players with great backgrounds in basketball.
Formidable team in the Kingdom
The talented basketballer wasn't the only standout performance in the match. Kerry's All-Star nominated goalkeeper Shane Ryan helped himself to 3 points playing in the full forward position. What will possibly scare other teams in the Kingdom is East Kerry demolished Kerin O'Rahilly's all without David Clifford who is recovering from an injury.
With Ruairi Murphy's current trajectory, don't be surprised if he'll share the spotlight when Clifford returns.