Friday 30 September 2016

Big two put their cup aspirations on the line

Published 11/02/2016 | 02:30

University College Dublin's Jack McCaffrey. Photo: Sportsfile
University College Dublin's Jack McCaffrey. Photo: Sportsfile

One of the traditional tournament heavyweights will see their interest in the independent.ie Sigerson Cup come to an end today when league champions UCD face last year's beaten finalists UCC in Cork.

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On paper at least, UCD look a more potent side and boast more established inter-county stars including reigning Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey and his Dublin team-mate and 2013 All-Ireland winner Paul Mannion.

Others like John Heslin, Ryan Wylie and Mick Fitzsimons help make up what is a very formidable Belfield side.

Still, they were far from impressive when seeing off NUI Galway in Dangan last week and will know that heading down to Cork to take on a team trained by Billy Morgan is an onerous task.

UCC have nothing like the established stars but Morgan knows how to win games in this competition. Cork's Ian Maguire is a powerhouse at midfield but they have a big ask ahead of them here given UCD's impressive artillery.

Elsewhere, reigning champions DCU will look to progress to the weekend by seeing off IT Carlow.

The Barrowsiders were too strong for IT Sligo in their first game with Michael Hurley, brother of Cork senior Brian, finding the net but DCU represent a significant step up in class as they hit 6-14 last time.

Finally, Queen's preparations have been dogged by eligibility rows including over one of their star players Martin Clarke but the James McCartan-managed side will still be expected to progress past UL who were too good for IT Tralee last time out.

Ulster University Jordanstown progressed to the semi-finals yesterday when seeing off St Mary's.

Irish Independent

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