Monday 23 October 2017

Gutsy students braced for royals showdown

Davy Byrne (R) helped earn DCU an O'Byrne Cup semi-final showdown with Meath
Davy Byrne (R) helped earn DCU an O'Byrne Cup semi-final showdown with Meath

Davy Byrne's heroics against Dublin have earned DCU an O'Byrne Cup semi-final showdown with Meath in Navan on Sunday.

The Ballymun Kickhams star's late point sent DCU through to the last four at the expense of Jim Gavin's Dubs.

The Royals recorded their third win on the bounce in the competition , seeing off Wicklow in Baltinglass.

Mick O'Dowd's men hit four goals in a facile 12-point victory over the Garden County to book their place in the semi-final.

Jason Ryan's Kildare will host UCD in the other semi-final after topping Group B. The southside college held off Laois to finish top of their group by virtue of score difference, with the Leinster Council expected to confirm details of those fixtures today.

In the McGrath Cup, Cork will face Kerry on Sunday after the old rivals saw off UL and CIT respectively, while the knockout places in the McKenna Cup will be decided by the final round of group matches on Wednesday night.

The final group games of the Connacht Senior Football League are down for decision on Sunday.

Meanwhile, luckless Cork forward Colm O'Neill has targeted a return to action before the end of the league campaign. The former All Star, who is recovering from a third cruciate ligament injury, hopes to be back in Brian Cuthbert's plans before the start of the championship against either Tipperary or Limerick on June 21.

"There's still a good few months to go before I am back playing, but hopefully there will be a long season there," O'Neill said.

"I haven't an exact comeback date in mind. I want to see how the training is going and we can judge it after that. I'm not setting any definite date -- maybe the latter end of the league."

Irish Independent

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