By Kieran Murphy
GRAIGUECULLEN soccer player Kylie Murphy completed an historic treble on Sunday at the Aviva Stadium when she captained her Wexford Youths side to a 1-0 win over Peamount United in the FAI Women’s Cup final.
With a career total so far which includes four National League medals, two FAI Cups, two Development Shield successes and a League Cup final win, she has to be considered one of the most successful local sportspeople in any discipline. Also on the winning team was Carlow town’s Lauren Dwyer while Tinryland’s Cliodhna Ní Shé is a vital part of the victorious panel.
The all-important goal came on 33 minutes when Katrina Parrock latched onto a Rianna Barrett flick to guide the ball to the net past Naoisha McAloon between the Peamount posts.
The eventual winners comfortably saw out the rest of the half and at half-time there was a sense of calmness in the dressing room.
“We had a chat. I would genuinely say the dressing room was the calmest I have ever experienced,” said Murphy.
“We were not freaking out. We took a minute. The manager, Tom Elmes, said a few words but we knew what we had to do.
“I did a few interviews afterwards and they were saying Peamount were on top in the second half. The reality was we went out there knowing we had to stop them scoring. It was complete game management and managing it the only way we knew how. Our experience stood to us,” emphasised Kylie.
Despite securing a double, there was no question of Wexford Youths taking anything for granted. They wanted this one so badly.
During an extensive campaign Peamount United threatened to derail Wexford Youths’ season when beating them in the League Cup final while the Dubliners also saw off the champions-in-waiting in the earlier stages of the league with a narrow 1-0 win.
“They beat us only a month ago in the League Cup final. We weren’t walking into the game thinking we were going to win easily. We knew what we were up against.”
This year the national media latched onto Wexford Youth’s drive for a treble.
“It is fantastic. In comparison to a few years ago when we were in the final, we got great publicity.
“As a team we had to channel that. I know the hype and the good luck messages are great but there comes a time you have to put it to one side. At the end of the day it is two teams going out to play the best soccer on the day. You are only hoping that your best team turns up.”
The season is over now so it is back to Carlow where she works with her father in Pat Murphy Fitted Kitchens. She won’t be able to take it too easy.
“It is about getting refreshed and getting the bodies right again. It is my busy time in work but it has been a fantastic season,” she confirmed.