Ballymun Kickhams men were certainly to the fore as DCU secured their fifth Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup title, thanks to a home final win over IT Carlow in Glasnevin.
Goalkeeper Evan Comerford and forward Paddy Small both played key roles in the victory, with the squad managed by fellow clubman Paddy Christie, with Davey Byrne, Kevin Leahy and Mun GAA officer Gerry Seaver also involved in the backroom team.
Comerford scored three long-range points with Small accounting for two excellent points from play.
Dublin were well represented, with Raheny’s Seán McMahon; Clontarf’s Declan Monaghan, and St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh clubman Sean Bugler, along with Naomh Mearnóg’s Shane Carthy on the starting line-up.
Parnell’s clubman Dean McDermott, Erins Isle’s Neil Matthews and Naomh Barróg’s Paul Tolan were also among the squad.
IT Carlow also involved Garbhan Gallagher from St Pat’s Palmerston, and Plunkett’s Mark Daly in their panel.
It was a busy week for Comerford, who also manned the goals for Dublin Senior Footballers the following Saturday in their Allianz League away win over Mayo.
“I suppose it was probably the one medal with a time-limit that we hadn’t got over the last few years,” Comerford told Dublin Gazette after the Sigerson win.
“We probably under performed, especially with Paddy involved in the last few years. It was great to get over the line today.”
DCU had big wins over both Queens University Belfast and UCD in their previous games, with the 0-14 to 0-7 win over IT Carlow the closest game of the lot.
“When we went a man down due to the black card [after 22 minutes], it was a testiment to IT Carlow, as they must have prepared very well,” he said.
“They had a great set-up at our kick-outs. They did put us under a bit of pressure, but thankfully the lads rallied at half-time and we got a good second half performance.” As well as being a shot-stopper, Comerford also got on the scoresheet, landing three long-range frees.
“Whether it was myself Mícheál Bannigan or David Garland taking the frees, especially when IT Carlow played a defensive set-up, it was important that we were able to convert on those free-kick’s,” he said.
“Thankfully it just helped us get over the line.”
Amist the celebrations, there was one man who shyed away from the limelight, and headed to the dressing room, long before the Cup presentation had taken place.
It was time for Paddy Small to have a quiet moment to reflect, just less than two months after his father Declan had passed away.
“With the injuries Paddy had over the last year or two, it’s great to see him playing so well,” Comerford said.
“You seen how he took that second half by the horns, and I suppose he really just put in a Man of the Match performance.
“His contribution was significant to us getting over the line tonight,” Comerford added.