There was Donegal success in the Sigerson Cup in Athlone, even if not from the expected source as Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) claimed their first ever success, by defeating UCC in the final.
Oisin McGinty, Four Masters, and Johnny Gallagher, Aodh Ruadh, were part of the DIT panel, who paved the way for their success on Saturday by defeating the Michael Murphy powered DCU on Friday in the semi-final.
McGinty played in some of the earlier games for DIT, while Gallagher has been on the injured list since Christmas.
Murphy scored 0-8 (all frees) in their 0-9 to 1-11 defeat by DIT. Antoin McFadden retired injured very early in the semi-final, while Eamonn Doherty was an unused substitute.
DIT, powered by Aidan O’Shea (Mayo) and David Givney (Cavan) at midfield and with the likes of Jason Doherty (Mayo), Tomas O’Connor (Kildare) and Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) were much too strong for UCC in the final, winning 3-8 to 0-7.
DIT - R Lambert; K O’Brien, B Menton, G O’Hare (0-1); C Walshe, N Devereaux, R Sheridan; A O’Shea, D Givney (1-2); M Reilly, D O’Sullivan, C Reddin (1-1); M Collins, T O’Connor (0-1), J Doherty (1-2, 0-2f). Subs: B Allen for Reddin, A Nestor for Sheridan, P Maguire (0-1) for Reilly, S O’Connor for O’Sullivan, J McGrath for O’Connor.
UCC - S Mellet; P Galvin, E O’Mahony, N Daly; J O’Sullivan, P Crowley, T Clancy; P Acheson, J B Spillane; K O’Driscoll, L Connolly (0-1,’45), B Coughlan (0-1); G O’Grady, C Cox (0-1f), C Sweeney (0-3, 2f). Subs: D O’Sullivan for Coughlan, P Murphy for Clancy, E Buckley for O’Grady.
Referee - M Deegan.