Thursday 22 February 2018

'Morgan factor' can help UCC retain title - O'Driscoll

UCC manager Billy Morgan
UCC manager Billy Morgan
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

UCC star Brian O'Driscoll believes Rebels legend Billy Morgan can help steer his side to Sigerson glory this weekend.

UCC host the sponsored finals looking to become the first team to retain the title since Sligo IT in 2005.

And O'Driscoll believes the Cork hero is the right man to "get the best" out of UCC.

"He's a top man, quality manager and he's very passionate. He brings a lot to the party," O'Driscoll said.

"Working with him is great for me. He's very good. My brother Kevin played under him for two or three years. He won a Sigerson medal and lost two finals. When Billy's involved, he's going to get the best out of every team. We're just glad to have him."


UCC faced a delayed quarter-final after an eligibility row between Queens and Sligo IT. Morgan's men eventually beat Sligo in the last eight to make the weekend.

And O'Driscoll says making the last four as hosts was a major incentive.

"It was kind of hard to focus because we didn't know what was going on," he said of the delay.

"You can't take anything for granted in Sigerson football, every team is going to be good. It's the same now, it's going to be a tight, tough game. You just hope you come out the right side of it and put in a good performance.

"You can't look past the first game when you're starting out. You really just have to go at it. Every game, it doesn't matter who you're playing. You've to focus on your own game and your own result. Playing in the Mardyke it really meant a lot to us."

UCC face Carlow IT tomorrow and have been installed as clear favourites to win the competition outright.

DCU and UCD face off in the other semi-final, with the decider, which will be shown live on TG4, down for decision on Saturday at 3.0.

Irish Independent

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