Sunday 26 January 2020

Moyna's Cup runneth over

Eamonn Sweeney

Eamonn Sweeney

Do you remember the spat between DCU manager Niall Moyna and Donegal boss Jim McGuinness a few weeks back? When McGuinness refused to release Donegal midfielder Martin McElhinney for DCU's O'Byrne Cup match against Meath, Moyna accused him of "abuse of a player," and suggested he might be affecting McElhinney's education.

I'm sure Moyna was in much better form last weekend when DCU won the Sigerson Cup for the second time in three years. They beat Maynooth 2-17 to 0-7 in the decider, fielding a team so powerful they were able to wait until the second half to bring on two of the country's best forwards, Michael Murphy of Donegal and David Kelly of Sligo. They gave Jordanstown a nine-point drubbing in the semi-final, thanks in part to an outstanding display from Galway's Fiontán ó Curraoin who was able to sit out most of the final. Such are the joys of a packed panel.

Overkill comes to mind. As do two questions. One, was there any point in losing the head over McElhinney with such riches at his disposal? And two, given that, judging by the attendances, the Sigerson Cup doesn't seem to mean a thing to anyone other than those involved, is it worth allowing it disrupt the preparations of inter-county teams?

You don't need a degree to know the answers.

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