Marshall hopeful for Murnane

PUBLISHED: 15:11 28 October 2010

Romford Raiders James Murnane

Romford Raiders James Murnane


Raiders coach pleased with youngster

James Murnane netted his first goals as a Romford Raider last weekend.

And player-coach Danny Marshall is hoping the home-grown forward can continue putting up points in the weeks ahead.

A prolific scorer in his earlier junior career, Murnane broke his senior duck in Romford’s 7-5 win in Cardiff and netted again the following night in the 3-1 home defeat against the Isle of Wight.

Marshall said: “James is a good kid, who plays with his heart and soul and gives his all.

“His goals were a bit overdue, but he has got the potential to go on and score a few more now.

“Now he has got those first ones, hopefully he can continue playing his normal game and score a few more.”

Captain Anthony Leone also received praise from Marshall, following his five-point haul in Wales.

Leone’s three goals and two assists against Cardiff, plus a helper on Murnane’s goal against the Isle of Wight, took his season’s tally to a dozen points in seven games played so far and Marshall said: “Ant is playing well.

“He’s up for it and playing at the top of his game and he will continue to do that.”

Tyrone Miller made his first appearance of the season, following surgery, and Marshall is looking to the experienced British defenceman to play a pivotal role over the coming months.

“Ty is a definite asset to the team,” he said. “He’s used to stepping up and playing the body, but I’m not sure if the referees in this league are used to seeing good hits.

“It’s a bit frustrating and Ty talked himself into a penalty last weekend [picking up a 10-minute misconduct penalty against the Isle of Wight].

“But he knows what he has got to do and is still getting up to 100 per cent fitness. We’ve all been going at it for a month, but Ty had only had one session on the ice so he didn’t do too badly.”

*Former Romford Raiders import Dallas Costanzo helped new club Huntsville to a win double at the weekend.

Costanzo netted the Ice Bears first goal of the new SPHL season, to cancel out Fayetteville’s opener, as his side went on to secure a 3-2 overtime win.

And Huntsville followed that with a 5-3 success in Augusta on Saturday evening.

They visit the Columbus Cottonmouths tomorrow (Friday), before returning to Augusta for another clash with the Riverhawks on Saturday.

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