SPORT — 01 May 2014

By Gavin Mawn.

It’s been one hell of a season for former Republic of Ireland forward Daryl Murphy. Ipswich Town’s Championship play-off hopes may have ended last Saturday with a 1-0 defeat at Burnley, but Murphy can still reflect on being an ever-present figure in the Tractor Boys’ team this season, netting 13 goals.

It’s that form which earned him an international recall last month against Serbia from Martin O’Neill and his former boss at Ipswich Roy Keane – five and a half years after his last appearance for his country.

Realistically Mick McCarthy’s side needed a victory at Turf Moor last weekend to keep their play-off hopes alive, but Michael Kightly 54th minute volley but paid to that. Up until then, Ipswich had been slap bang in the middle of the play-off frenzy, but that loss saw them drop to tenth and left them five points clear of Wigan, who currently occupy the final play-off place with just one game to go.

Play-off hopes dashed, however, Ipswich can still reflect on a promising season under former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, but for Murphy it wasn’t just at Turf Moor where the club’s promotion hopes were lost.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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