Goalkeeper Lee Murphy scores from a kick out as Sheriff YC book FAI Junior Cup last 16 spot in bizarre circumstances

Fri, Jan 10 2020

Murphy lifts the FAI Junior Cup trophy in 2017. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

Four-time champions Sheriff YC booked their place in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup in bizarre circumstances as goalkeeper Lee Murphy scored a late winner direct from a kick out.

Last year’s beaten finalists were deadlocked with Skerries Town heading towards the 90th minute when the experienced goalkeeper lined up a punt upfield.

Murphy’s long thump took flight and sailed over the opposing goalkeeper’s head before nestling in the back of the net – much to the surprise of everyone in the ground.

The former Shelbourne and Bohemians keeper is well-known for his prowess in front of goal from the 12-yard line – he scored the winning penalty in last year’s last 16 tie with Villa and was also on target in the 2013 final.

Should Sheriff go on and make a seventh final in nine years in May, they may well hark back to a very different sort of goalscoring feat at Mark Quigley’s side look to enhance their remarkable cup record.