The Sigerson champions once again found themselves in rough waters when they went head to head with DIT in the second round of the Division 1 Senior Football League.
Despite impressive performances from the likes of Colin Compton, Shane Carey and Conor Moyna, DIT used their strength and power to dominate for large stretches, making excellent use of possession, which ultimately swung the verdict in their favour.
After a succession of wides, the home outfit eventually broke the deadlock with a point on seven minutes. Colin Compton gained parity on the quarter-hour mark and over the ensuing four minutes, DCU hit three-on-the-trot to claim the initiative. With Shane Carey and Stephen Gilmore im- posing themselves effectively, it appeared DCU were in fighting form and on the road to success. Not quite.
As the opening thirty progressed, DIT, abated by some questionable refereeing decisions, grew in confidence and stature and DCU started to lose grip of proceedings.
Nevertheless, even with the substitution of the injured Conor Moyna, DCU made a positive start to the second period with a stylish Fiontán Ó Curraoin point.
This was to be their last score, however, for 17 minutes, during which time DIT assumed control, showing no little pace, power and precision in front of goal. With high probing ball pumped into DIT full forward Tomas O’Connor, the home side rapidly accumu- lated a tally of 1-5, leaving DCU struggling to stay within reach.
Colin Compton goaled on 51 minutes to provide DCU with a glimmer of hope, but it proved too little too late as DIT finished strongly, grabbing two goals to hand them a deserved 13-point win.
DCU’s final group game is a home fixture against NUI Maynooth on Tuesday, November 6th where another loss would condemn Niall Moyna’s men to the relegation scrap.
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