Burns opens the floodgates
Three second-half goals helped 2015 champions DCU hammer Queen's in Belfast.
DCU 3-10 Queen's University 0-3
Louth's Ryan Burns, Sligo's Niall Murphy and Roscommon's Enda Smith all hit the net in a one-sided game at the Dub.
Queen's were competitive in the first half but DCU hit six points in a row, Mayo's Diarmuid O'Connor with the best of them, to lead 0-6 to 0-2 at the break.
Shehroz Akram man-marked Queen's playmaker Marty Clarke and curbed his influence, with the home side missing too many chances early on.
DCU, well organised by Kevin Feely at the back, made them pay with Burns' goal hitting the opening goal.
Queen's pushed up, leaving huge gaps at the back. DCU exploited the space and pounced for two goals in a minute, first from Murphy. Smith palmed home the second after an unselfish pass across the goal from Hugh McFadden.
SCORERS - DCU: N Murphy 1-3 (0-3fs), R Burns 1-1, E Smith 1-0, B Kerr, H McFadden, D O'Connor, J Durcan, C Breheny D Mannix 0-1 each. Queen's: S Fox, M O'Reilly, J Dowling 0-1 each.
DCU - S Mannion; E Smith, P Durcan, S Lavin; B Kerr, K Feely, S Akram; C McGonagle, H McFadden; D O'Connor, M Plunkett, E O'Connor; J Durcan, N Murphy, R Burns. Subs: E Smith for Durcan (35), C Breheny for O'Connor (42), J McGuigan for McGonagle (46), T Lahiffe for O'Connor (47), S Carthy for Murphy (52), D Mannix for McFadden (55).
Queen's - J O'Hare; N Keenan, A Rushe, R Wells; S Heffron, J McMahon, C Francis; A Doherty, D McKeever; C McCartan, M Clarke, C O'Hanlon; M O'Reilly, A McClements, S Fox. Subs: J Dowling for Doherty (BC, 28), C Donaghy for Francis (HT), C Harney for O'Hanlon (BC, 35), G McCabe for McClements (42), F Quinn for Fox (42), A Fegan for Wells (49).
REF - B Cassidy (Derry)