By Odhrán Crumley
Sigerson Cup 2017
DCU made their Sigerson intentions very clear with a 3-10 to 0-3 win over Queen’s at The Dub today.
Three second half goals from Ryan Burns, James Durcan and Enda Smith ensured their passage into the next round where they will meet UCC.
The hosts opened the scoring inside the first minute with Sean Fox kicking from an acute angle. Durcan, O’Connor and Kerr replied all pointed for the Dubliners who quickly raced into a five point lead before Marty O’Reilly raised a flag to stop the rot just before the break.
Things went from bad to worse for the Belfast students before referee Barry Cassidy could bring the half to an end with influential midfielder Anthony Doherty dismissed on a black card for a late challenge. DCU held a four point lead, six points to two at the break.
DCU continued their dominance in the second half with Ryan Burns striking play continued however but after deliberation with his umpires the Derry referee awarded the goal. Dowling replied for the hosts in what would be their final score of the game.
With forty five minutes on the clock Mayo’s James Durcan struck high into the top left hand corner of the net, while Murphy struck a forty five beautifully between the posts.
Substitute Enda Smith added a third goal on the forty eighth minute before Hugh McFadden and Breheny tagged more scores on, as Queen’s had a goal disallowed for square ball which would have only served to bring the score down.
Manning got the final score of the game from a tight angle curling over to adding further class to a dominant display.
DCU running out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-3. They advance to the first round proper where they will have home advantage over a strong UUC side.
Queens Team; John O’Hare (Down), Niall Keenan (Derry), Aidan Rushe (Armagh), Ruairi Wells (Down), Shea Heffron (Armagh), James McMahon (Fermanagh), Conor Francis (Down), Anthony Doherty (Down), Donal McKeever (Down), Ciaran McCartan (Down), Marty Clarke (Down), Ciaran O’Hanlon (Armagh), Marty O’Reilly (Donegal), Aaron McClements (Armagh), Sean Fox (Tyrone).
DCU Team; Shane Mannion (Roscommon), Eoin Smith (Dublin), Daniel O’Neill (Meath), Seamus Lavin (Meath), Barry Kerr (Monaghan), Kevin Feely (Kildare), Cian Breheny (Sligo), Caolan McGonigle (Donegal), Hugh McFadden (Donegal), Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo), Mark Plunkett (Leitrim), Eanna O’Conchuir (Kerry), James Durcan (Mayo), Niall Murphy (Sligo), Ryan Burns (Louth).