IF EOIN Murphy’s goal in life was to earn the crown as Ireland’s No. 1 hurling goalkeeper then he has already reached the pinnacle as a young hurler,
The Kilkenny and Glenmore net-minder, a player of unbelievable athletic skills, he is an eagle eyed goalkeeper who, many believe, would save a bread crumb fired from a rifle.
He is always on the top of his game, is as sharp as a Wilkinson Sword. He has saved God only knows how many shots from point blank range, some of which he batted away, out for a ‘65’ or over the bar to keep our Cats in a game.
His distribution has always been impeccable, as he has started so many attacking moves from his own goal area after denying the opposition what looked like a dead cert goal scoring chance.
Eoin will be happy that he has won his second GAA Hurling All Star as ardent admirers, not all of them from Kilkenny, are talking about his exploits in the same breath as the late Ollie Walsh and the hale and hearty Noel Skehan , two of Kilkenny’s finest ever custodians.
The South Kilkenny warrior is Kilkenny’s only representative in this year’s Hurling All Stars.
He has fully earned that accolade as he kept the black amber flying with pride.
Aficionados of the game of hurling will be happy that All Star selectors did their homework diligently.
We suspect had supporters from all counties been asked to vote for the King of Goalkeepers, the name Eoin Murphy would still have been top of the pile.
He is the pride and joy of the greater hurling family and supporters are looking forward to him teaming up with his experienced and inexperienced team mates for a bold bid to bring Liam MacCarthy back to his spiritual home.