The DIT Senior Football team defeated UCC 3-09 to 0-08 points on Saturday in Athlone IT, to claim the colleges first ever Sigerson Cup title in one hundred and one years of the competition. DIT proved to be worthy champions playing a brand of exciting attacking football combined with a miserly defence which didn’t concede a solitary goal throughout the competition.
This historic success came on the back of a successful Div 1 league campaign which now sees the college complete a historic league and championship double which hasn’t been done at this level since 1978. Indeed the only defeat the team incurred this year was at the hands of Kildare by four points in the O’Byrne Cup.
The lack of tradition didn’t seem to phase DIT going into the final as UCC were in search of their 22nd title. “My main concern for the team was that the lads would remain focussed after defeating the former champions DCU in the Semi Final, exclaimed DIT’s GAA development Officer Darragh Biddlecombe. “But Aidan O Shea and Captain Colin Walshe were excellent all weekend in keeping the guys grounded and focussed.” “These lads who are now in final year have soldiered together as Freshers where they won an All-Ireland title, but they also had the heartbreak of two years ago losing out to UL in the Sigerson after comfortably winning the league. All this was stored up and ensured nothing was going to be taken for granted.”
Aidan O Shea on the pitch had a colossal Sigerson, pulling out man of the match performances in earlier rounds against NUIG and Maynooth, with a toss up for man of the match between himself and full back Bryan Menton who kept Michael Murphy scoreless from play in the Semi final against DCU.
O’Shea’s commitment to the cause has been complete. A former DIT club chairman, he was central both literally and figuratively “I’ve won all I can in college,” said the Logistics student, “but this is a sweet one seeing as we probably beat the three most consistent teams in the tournament over the last three years in UCC, DCU and Maynooth. We did it the hard way. Hopefully it won’t be another hundred years before the next title comes.”
Darragh Biddlecombe GAA Officer after the final said “This is a great achievement for the Club and the college. IT should be enjoyed and celebrated not just by the team, but all who have soldiered in the past for years for DIT GAA, without whose contribution we would not be here today. Everyone both academic and externally who have helped and supported the club throughout the years. Also for all the other clubs and sport in the college I hope it will give us all a lift for the future.!”