Sunday 22 April 2018

'They find ways to win' – DCU manager Niall Moyna hails Sigerson heroes

DCU manager Niall Moyna
DCU manager Niall Moyna

Denis Hurley

Having guided DCU to a third Independent.ie Sigerson Cup title in seven years, Niall Moyna hailed the character of his side.

DCU beat UCC by 1-14 to 2-10 after extra time in the today’s final at the Mardyke. A free from goalkeeper Tadhg Lowe helped to send the game to extra time and Moyna believed that the never-say-die element in the side was key.

“I’ve said it of the guys all year, they find ways to win,” he said.

“We had 13 games this year and 11 of them were played away from home. That builds character, going into the lion’s den game after game.

“I don’t know if I can take much credit, they’re just a great set of lads who dig deep. I wouldn’t want to be in a dressing room with a better set of human beings and characters and they showed that in spades today.”

DCU’s run through the Sigerson has been characterised by late shows, including Friday’s semi-final win over UCD. Sticking to the plan was a key plank in the success.

“There were a lot of games in the last four weeks when it looked to have been gone!” laughed Moyna.

“That’s sport. Any team coached by Billy Morgan, you know that they’re going to be extremely well-prepared. They were a bit more experienced and maybe physically stronger but we stuck to our gameplan.

“One of the big things this year was that we thought we had a really good bench. We had a starting team and a finishing team and that worked very well.”

Having a spirit fostered over a sustained period of time also helped.

“What gives DCU great satisfaction tonight is that only two of the 36 fellas didn’t play fresher for the college,” he said.

“That’s the reason that the last 10 minutes went the way it did, these lads have lived, eaten, slept, drank together the last four years.

“When you do that, there’s a tightness and that probably is the thing which carried us over the line this year.”

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