O’Byrne Cup: DCU v Longford preview

DCU and Longford meet in the O’Byrne Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides made winning first round appearances in this seasons competition and supporters can expect an exciting game this weekend.

The students are one of the stronger college sides in the grade, while Glenn Ryan’s men are taking the competition very seriously this year. Both will be anxious to maintain their unbeaten records this weekend.

The Dublin side beat Wicklow in their opening game of the campaign and did very well, as they had to travel to Baltinglass, and also ended the game with just thirteen men.

Having had Anthony McFadden sent off in the early stages, the students played most of the match a man down.

To their credit they never allowed the home side get into the tie and ran out winners by 0-18 to 1-14. Dean Rock, David Kelly,Jack Brady and Gary Sweeney all contributed points as the away side notched up a decisive lead.

Rock was the star man on the day, hitting 0-9 for his side. Longford will be wary of his prowess this weekend and he is sure to be watched very closely.

Longford are a side going places this season and Ryan is hoping to make his mark in this competition. While the side have done well in the All Ireland qualifiers in recent times, they need to make the breakthrough at the next level, and this series gives them the opportunity to do so.

Athlone IT always shocked them in Pearse Park last Sunday and the inter-county side will need to show huge improvement if they are to remain undefeated.

The visitors to Longford will be hot favourites to claim the spoils at the weekend and it will take a supreme effort to deny them victory.

Bookmakers have DCU at odds on to win this game and that assessment would appear correct. Longford have the ability to test their rivals and home advantage must count for something.

The poor performance against Athlone IT may not be a true reflection of the home sides current form and while they may not win the tie, they are certainly worthy of consideration in the handicap markets.


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