Gaelic Football

Tuesday 29 July 2014

DIT crush UCC to take first title

Published 24/02/2013|04:00

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24 February 2013; Ciaran Reddin, left, and Alan Nestor, Dublin Institute of Technology, celebrate after the final whistle. Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v University College Cork, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
24 February 2013; Ciaran Reddin, left, and Alan Nestor, Dublin Institute of Technology, celebrate after the final whistle. Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v University College Cork, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN IT won the Sigerson Cup for the first time yesterday with a 10-point victory against UCC.

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DUBLIN IT won the Sigerson Cup for the first time yesterday with a 10-point victory against UCC.

A star-studded DIT scored three classy goals at a bitterly cold Athlone IT as they added the coveted trophy to the league title collected before Christmas.

And while DIT caught the eye with some of their attacking play throughout the competition, they also went through the entire campaign without conceding a single goal. Sean Fox's outfit were far too good for 20-time winners UCC, who last took the title in 2011.

UCC may have had half a dozen survivors from that success in their ranks but DIT were backboned by some household intercounty names.

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea, in his final year at DIT, was superb once again at midfield but he had brilliant support from Cavan's David Givney, who scored 1-2 from the centre of the park. Givney scored the opening point of both halves and crowned his rampaging display with DIT's third goal two minutes from time.

Defensively, DIT were imperious again and Bryan Menton, who shackled DCU's Donegal star Michael Murphy so effectively in Friday's semi-final, claimed the man of the match award.

At half-time, DIT led by 2-4 to 0-4 and were well on their way to a maiden Sigerson Cup final win.

The 2009 beaten finalists scored the first of their three goals in the 14th minute as Ciaran Reddin finished a quite brilliant team move. Givney won possession at midfield and the ball went through the hands of Mayo's Jason Doherty and Kerry ace Darran O'Sullivan before Reddin finished clinically.

Three minutes before half-time, DIT struck again as Kildare totem Tomás O'Connor palmed Reddin's delivery into the path of Doherty, who made no mistake with a low finish.

UCC endured a barren 14-minute spell without a score in the first half and they managed just three in total in the second half as DIT cruised home.

Fittingly, Givney rammed home DDIT1.jpgIT's third goal off the post in the 58th minute before UCC's misery was compounded in stoppage time when substitute Darragh O'Sullivan received a straight red card for a high challenge on Shane O'Connor.

Overjoyed DIT selector Billy O'Loughlin said: "We won our first freshers title in 2008 and another in 2010 and this is just absolutely brilliant for the college. We were tipped at 4/1 against DCU but the boys took it as a bit of an insult. We have some fantastic players."

Scorers – DIT: D Givney, J Doherty (2f) 1-2 each, C Reddin 1-1, G O'Hare, T O'Connor, P Maguire 0-1 each. UCC: C Sweeney 0-3 (2f), T Clancy, B Coughlan, C Cox (f), L Connolly ('45') 0-1 each.

DIT: R Lambert; K O'Brien, B Menton, G O'Hare; C Walshe, N Devereaux, R Sheridan; A O'Shea, D Givney; M Reilly, D O'Sullivan, C Reddin; M Collins, T O'Connor, J Doherty. Subs: B Allen for Reddin (41), A Nestor for Sheridan (47), P Maguire for Reilly (51), S O'Connor for O'Sullivan (53), J McGrath for O'Connor 59).

UCC: S Mellet; P Galvin, E O'Mahony, N Daly; J O'Sullivan, P Crowley, T Clancy; P Acheson, JB Spillane; K O'Driscoll, L Connolly, B Coughlan; G O'Grady, C Cox, C Sweeney. Subs: D O'Sullivan for Coughlan (48), P Murphy for Clancy (48), E Buckley for O'Grady (52).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)

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