Adam Murphy’s sensational strike for Bristol City U21s provides further evidence of his talent

Bristol City U21’s 3-1 win over Fleetwood Town may have been the end of the road for five young talents in terms of their journey to the club, but it was another definitive and impressive step forward for Adam Murphy as he scored a sensational long. -Strike to put the Robins on the road at Ashton Gate.

Starting a game in red and white for the first time since his eye-catching 27-minute cameo last week against Charlton Athletic, Murphy was slotted into a defensive midfield role alongside Tommy Backwell in a 4-2-3 -1.

It was an encouraging but also frustrating opening 30 minutes for the Young Robins as they dominated the ball but could not find a way through the Fleetwood defence.

But after some initial runs forward looking to play on the shoulder of the defense as Murphy, Dylan Kadji and Backwell switched roles through the middle of the park, the Irishman took matters into his own hands to get his side on the road to victory.

Taking possession about 30 yards out from Callum Hutton, he pushed the ball onto his right foot and struck it with venom as he rose towards Ollie Bellizia’s goal, leaving the Fleetwood keeper to grab a little while which continued to accelerate as it flew past him.

Ashton Gate have seen some fine long-range strikes this season from Taylor Gardner-Hickman against Middlesbrough, Scott Twine’s free-kick for visiting Rotherham United, while Anis Mehmeti’s winner against Leicester City was on the borderline, but the quality and execution of Murphy’s Strike was of a similar level.

He almost scored a second soon after when he tried to cross the ball again at the far post from outside the penalty area, but he only placed his effort a yard or two wide, showing his ability to shoot from all angles.

The impressive Ollie Thomas gave the Robins two fine goals after Kadji and Backwell combined to allow them to finish with confidence. Hutton added a third 11 minutes from time after being played in by Thomas as City wrapped up Professional Development League 2 with four straight wins.

Murphy lasted 58 minutes before being replaced by Duncan Idehen among the departing quintet on the day as, while his impact was not felt on the ball as it had been seven days ago, the talent in those boots cannot be put at doubt.

Beyond his goal, he didn’t provide explosive individual moments when in possession, as it was a slightly more measured performance in how he moved the ball up the field, often as the first receiver.

The 18-year-old has made significant progress in the past two weeks after arriving from St Patrick’s Athletic in January, with his appearance in City colors delayed by fitness and then injury problems.

His 85 minutes on the field allowed him to build his fitness levels and match up clearly ahead of the off-season as he hopes to return as part of the conversation for the senior squad.

This time he also showed what kind of midfielder he could become; an energetic and athletic box-to-box creator with composure in possession and the tiger at that, who clearly has an eye for goal and the spectacular.

With a beaming Brian Tinnion making his way from his seat in the Dolman Stand down the tunnel, that majority of your team remained on the pitch to celebrate the win, with Kadji, Idehen, Hutton, Zac Bell and Harry Leeson leaving the club after their contracts their. expires next month.

U21 teammates Marlee Francois and Ben Acey were also in attendance as they were not involved, with this generation of talent now moving on to pastures new, albeit with an uncertain future.

For Murphy, though, it certainly looks very interesting – for him and City.

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