The Sigerson Cup came full circle for Kilmacud Crokes clubman Tom Fox, as he played a key role for DCU Dochas Éireann in their home Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup triumph in Glasnevin.
Back in 2013, Fox was a mascot as his well known father, Sean, managed Dublin Institute of Technology to their lone Sigerson Cup success.
With the likes of Dublin’s Ciaran Reddin; Mayo’s Jason Doherty and Meath’s Bryan Menton on board, they claimed a 3-8 to 0-7 win over UCC in the decider at Athlone IT.
As he had been for all of their previous games on the way to the decider, Business student Fox was introduced as DCU’s first substitute – taking to the field in the 37th minute, and really making an impact.
With the likes of Naomh Mearnóg’s Shane Carthy, Ballymun Kickhams clubmen Evan Comerford and Paddy Small also impressive; along with Man of the Match David Garland from Monaghan; DCU held out to take a 0-14 to 0-7 win over first-time finalists IT Carlow in front of a huge crowd.
DCU had coasted to victories over Queens University Belfast and UCD in the previous rounds, but this was a much tighter affair, with DCU really pushed to the sword, with the likes of Offaly’s Cian Farrell trying strongly for the visitors.
“It was tough playing against the wind in the second half,” the younger Fox told Dublin Gazette after the game.
“We spurned a few goal chances in the first half. Just coming out with the wind, we said we would hold onto the ball and take our chances.
“We knew that the gaps would come eventually in the end, as the game progressed on.”
“Look, we are absolutely delighted to come out of it with a win!”
Keen observes of DCU will have felt it was their toughest game of the year, but Fox was keen to stress that each game brings its own level of toughness.
“It does indeed,” he said.
“I suppose each team brings something different. With regards to the first day it was especially tough.
“It was similar enough tonight with the type of game it was. Look we are just absolutely delighted to win Sigerson in the end.”
Fox says winning the Sigerson Cup is an incredible feeling.
“It’s just absolutely unbelievable. You are playing with boys who you haven’t always played with, from different counties and different clubs in Dublin and stuff like that.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable, there’s a special bond with all of the boys.
“It was a little bit of added pressure there for us in our own home patch. We knew what we had to do.
“We have been playing on this pitch for the last three or four years so we knew that it was an advantage, but it is what it is.”
The victory was a fitting one for Dublin City University, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.