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McHugh stars for DCU

DCU set up a winner-takes-all clash with Dublin in Group D of the O'Byrne Cup in Parnell Park this Sunday (2.0) after securing their second win of the competition by beating Westmeath by 2-15 to 2-9 in Mullingar last night.

Dublin prospect and Na Fianna clubman, Conor McHugh kicked six points (four frees) in continuing his promising recent form, with Wicklow's Conor McGraynor and Paddy Fox claiming the goals for the Northside college and Paul Sharry and substitute, Dessie Dolan netting for Peal Bealin's team.

MEATH set up a similar dual with Wicklow in Baltinglass after they beat IT Carlow by 0-18 to 0-12, a win which featured Shane O'Rourke completing a full 70 minutes and kicking two points from play from midfield in the process.

WICKLOW saw off DIT by 1-21 to 3-13, with Dublin panellists Kevin O'Brien, Nicky Devereux and Ciarán Reddin lining out for the Sigerson holders.

KERRY are set to be without host of regulars for their NFL1 opener with Dublin in Croke Park on February 1, Kieran Donaghy has joined the list of absentees which includes Killian Young and Darran O'Sullivan while their Dr Crokes contingent, including Colm 'Gooch' Cooper, will also be unavailable and the likes of Paul Galvin, Marc Ó Sé and Declan O'Sullivan, likely to be used only sparingly before summer.