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Wednesday 22 November 2017

DCU destined to make the grade in Larries exam

GLENN RYAN'S men have already seen off one student body, squeezing past Athlone IT by a single point. It's a moot point, however, whether that mock exam will steel Longford for the more daunting set of questions to be posed by DCU.

In recent years, the Glasnevin boys have shown themselves to be impressive O'Byrne Cup campaigners -- reaching the final in 2009, winning in 2010. However, last year's title defence blew up badly against eventual winners Kildare, and this year's campaign opener against Wicklow included a few fraught moments too.

DCU eventually prevailed by a single point (0-18 to 1-14) having failed to build on a flying start that saw them race six clear after 20 minutes.

In mitigation, they won despite finishing with 13 men following two dismissals and they lined out without eight injured players. They still retain a coterie of familiar names, many of them Dubs, including All-Ireland winners James McCarthy and Eoghan O'Gara, while Pat Gilroy may also have noted the prolific contribution of Dean Rock (son of Barney), who led the way against Wicklow with 0-9 (6f).

Francis McGee proved the Longford matchwinner against AIT with five points but, even on home soil, this looks a big ask for the midlanders.

ODDS: Longford 7/4, Draw 15/2, DCU 8/15

VERDICT: DCU

O'BYRNE SHIELD

WESTMEATH v DIT

(Kinnegad, Tomorrow 2.0)

VERDICT: DIT

CARLOW v LAOIS

(Dr Cullen Park, Tomorrow 2.0)

VERDICT: Carlow

WICKLOW v ATHLONE IT

(Baltinglass, Tomorrow 2.0)

VERDICT: Wicklow

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