The GAA’s Higher Education Committee have been forced to put in place stand-by venues for three of the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals scheduled for today.
The two quarter-finals pencilled in for yesterday — Dublin IT v UUJ and GMIT v NUIM — were both called off due to the adverse weather conditions and have been re-fixed for this afternoon.
Uncertainty surrounding the meeting of UCC and CIT has been dispelled with Cloughduv confirmed as the back-up venue should the Mardyke fail to pass this morning’s pitch inspection.
Tuam Stadium will host the clash of GMIT and NUI Maynooth, with the Connacht GAA centre at Beakon, Claremorris listed on stand-by.
UCD’s astroturf pitch has been selected as the secondary venue for the all-Dublin affair between UCD and DCU, while no back-up venue has been confirmed for the meeting of Dublin IT and UUJ at Parnells.
Gearóid McDevitt of the GAA’s The committee said there was an urgency to run off the four games given the finals weekend in Belfast is just around the corner.
The Sigerson Cup semi-finals are scheduled for Friday, February 21, with the decider marked down for the following afternoon.
Today’s Sigerson Cup quarter-finals
Dublin IT v UUJ, Parnells, 2.30pm
The holders will be under pressure to book their place in the final weekend and they will look to Tomás O’Connor and Kevin O’Brien for big performances. Armagh’s Jamie Clarke, Caolán O’Boyle of Derry and Conor McAliskey (Tyrone) are likely to give UUJ an edge, though.
GMIT v NUI Maynooth, Tuam Stadium, 3pm
Like DIT v UUJ, this game was postponed from yesterday. Paddy Brophy, Paddy McBrearty and Michael Dara Macauley make Maynooth strong favourites. GMIT caused an upset against Queen’s University last week however and should not be discounted.
Verdict: NUI Maynooth
UCD v DCU, Belfield, 3.30pm
Likely to be a close game, with DCU coming in on the back of a good win against NUIG. Donegal’s Michael Murphy, Dublin’s Paul Flynn and Conor McHugh and Wicklow’s Conor McGraynor give the visitors a potent look, but the record competition holders will be relishing the challenge. They are bolstered by the presence of Westmeath star John Heslin, and Dublin pair Paul Mannion and Jack McCaffrey.
UCC v Cork IT, Mardyke, 3.30pm
The stormy weather in UL last week meant it was hard to evaluate UCC’s quality but they put in a professional performance to see off Trinity College. Kerry duo Paul Geaney and Conor Cox as well as Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan are a dangerous full-forward line and they can also call upon Conor Dorman, Alan Cronin and Brian O’Driscoll, who played for Cork last week. CIT’s Donal Óg Hodnett and Cathal Vaughan also appeared in the win over Kildare, while Peter Daly is a fine defender.
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