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Monday 18 December 2017

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DCU success is built on people not facilities: Moyna

DCU manager, Niall Moyna, dismissed the notion that Saturday's Sigerson Cup final cakewalk was a case of the 'haves' versus the 'have nots'.

The Northside college claimed their third title with a 2-17 to 0-7 dismantling of NUI Maynooth in Pearse Stadium, with Dublin's Paul Flynn picking up the Man of the Match award after a personal haul of 1-3 while Dean Rock and Eoghan O'Gara also contributed 0-8 between them.

But it was the late introductions of injury returnees, Michael Murphy and David Kelly, which highlighted the immense disparity between the depth of quality in the squads, a fact which was further reflected on the scoreline.

However, Moyna insisted: "We do not have floodlights. We do not have an artificial pitch. We are one of the very few colleges that don't have those facilities. We train on club pitches. It is about people and not about facilities."

"They are now knocking down our doors at DCU trying to get in so we must be doing something right."

LAOIS will play a total of five home matches and just two away from Portlaoise in this year's Allianz FL Division 1 after Cork were stripped of home advantage for the clash between the counties on March 10.

The Rebels contested the €5,000 fine proposed by the CCCC for their players' involvement in a melee with Armagh earlier this month but the CHC dismissed their claim and imposed the stiffer sanction - the second time they have taken such action after Monaghan were similarly forced to play one of their scheduled home fixtures against Louth in the Wee County.

"The biggest regret we have is the inconsistency in a lot of parts of the game whether it is refereeing, officialdom, sideline officials and umpires and inconsistency at the higher levels," said Cork selector, Ger O'Sullivan, who was unsure whether the case will be pursued any further.

ULSTER manager, Joe Kernan, has insisted that the Interpros have a future despite intense opposition from the GAA hierarchy after yesterday's 3-11 to 1-15 win over Munster.

"It's not dead," he stated, after 2,860 people turned up to the Morgan Athletic Grounds. "If this is dead, then the Sigerson has to be wiped too. There was nobody at it on Saturday."

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