UCC v St Mary’s , Wednesday, 7.30pm, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise Live TG4
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The Sigerson Cup champions will be crowned on Wednesday after over a month of tough games for both sides. It began way back in the middle of January for both sides.
UCC put in a sterling performance in their opening round game hammering Athlone IT by 38 points, 7-26 to 2-3. St Mary’s Sigerson Cup winners in 2017 played out a 1-11 draw with NUI Galway. Both side made it all the way to the quarter finals and UCC beat Carlow IT comprehensively 4-21 to 0-05, St Mary’s beat Maynooth narrowly by 0-15 to 0-13. The semi-finals were played last weekend and yet again St Mary’s caused an upset beating a star studded UCD side by 0-10 to 0-07 in Mallow. UCC put 4 goals past NUI Galway on their way to winning 4-09 to 1-15 in their semi-final.
Looking back at the roll of honour. St Mary’s have won the tournament twice, in 1988/89 and then in 2017/18. UCC are third in the honours list winning the tournament 21 times, the last of which came in 2014, other years previous to that came in 2010/11 and 1994/95. So they have a proud history of the winning the tournament.
A look at the teams firstly UCC. UCC will look to Kevin Flahive, James McEntee and Cian Kiely, In attack Padraig Clifford brother of David will be in the half forward line along side Sean O’Shea. Conor Geaney and Killian Spillane nephew of Pat Spillane are expected to start in the full forward line. The St Mary’s team is largely made up of players from Down, Derry, Armagh and Tyrone. In defence Caolan Dillion and Aaron Duffy will be key, midfield will see Jarlath Og Burns partner Liam Devlin Shane McGuigan and Niall Toner will be key at centre forward and full forward respectively.
No teams announced yet
UCC are the favourites at 2/5, St Mary’s are 5/2, however as they know themselves they were underdogs in the final in 2017 and look what happened. Conor Geaney at 7/1 looks a good bet to get the first goal.
Verdict – UCC