Sport Gaelic Football

Saturday 25 November 2017

'Insult' drives DIT into decider

DIT’s Bernard Allen celebrates scoring the game’s only goal.
DIT’s Bernard Allen celebrates scoring the game’s only goal.

DIT 1-11 DCU 0-9 Jackie Cahill Sigerson Cup semi-final

KERRY star Darran O'Sullivan will be fit for Dublin Institute of Technology's decider against University College Cork this afternoon.

O'Sullivan limped out of DIT's shock semi-final victory against 2012 winners Dublin City University at Athlone IT yesterday with six minutes remaining, but revealed: "It was only a cramp. I'm not doing too much training because of all the injuries that I've had. An ice bath overnight and it will be fine."

And O'Sullivan described pre-match odds of 4/1 for a DIT win as "an insult" as the league champions reached their first Sigerson final since 2009.

O'Sullivan played his part as DIT, who lost by 10 points to DCU at the quarter-final stage last year, recorded a fully deserved victory in bitterly cold conditions.

Three-time winners DCU managed just one point from play, scored by Dean Rock in the 42nd minute.

Their remaining eight scores were all frees slotted over by Donegal's 2012 All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy, who was brilliantly shackled by Meath's Bryan Menton.

DCU looked flat and offered precious little in attack. DIT were up for the fight and Offaly's Bernard Allen scored the decisive goal nine minutes from time, less than four minutes after he came off the bench.

DIT, who led by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time, ruled the roost at midfield, with Mayo's Aidan O'Shea and Cavan's David Givney dovetailing brilliantly.

O'Shea's county colleague Jason Doherty knocked over six points, including five frees, and DIT have a wonderful chance to win the Sigerson Cup for the very first time.

O'Sullivan added: "Menton there at full-back had a monstrosity of a game, and Aidan O'Shea. Tomas (O'Connor) didn't get much at full-forward but he was out in front every time.

"When I heard 4/1, I thought, jeez, there must be something about Sigerson that I don't know because it was a bit of an insult.

"It is easy to get motivated for games where you are the underdog, but it will be a different story now."

Scorers – DIT: J Doherty 0-6 (5f), B Allen 1-0, D Givney 0-2, R Sheridan, D O'Sullivan (f), A Nestor 0-1 each. DCU: M Murphy 0-8f, D Rock 0-1.

DIT – R Lambert; K O'Brien, B Menton, G O'Hare; R Sheridan, N Devereaux, C Walshe; A O'Shea, D Givney; M Reilly, M Collins, D O'Sullivan; C Reddin, T O'Connor, J Doherty. Subs: B Allen for Reddin (47), P Maguire for O'Sullivan (54), S O'Connor for T O'Connor (59), A Nestor for Sheridan (60).

DCU – J Farrelly; C Boyle, J Cooper, W Lowry; J Brady, C Daly, M Quinn; F O'Curraoin, J McCarthy; C McGuinness, P Flynn, A McFadden; P Ryan, M Murphy, D Rock. Subs: C Dunleavy for Daly (19), D Byrne for McFadden (21), G Sweeney for Rock (53), B Donnelly for O'Curraoin (53), D Smith for Quinn (57).

Ref – Michael Duffy (Sligo)

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