Despite DCU’s nine point victory over Jordanstown in the Sigerson Cup first round, manager Niall Moyna has refused to get carried away with things and insists they are taking things “one game at a time”.
“In Championship football you cannot think of the next round, as far as I’m concerned every single Sigerson game is a final and that’s how we will treat it.” Moyna said.
Reacting to DCU’s big win over last year’s beaten finalists and one of the favourites for this year’s competition Moyna said: “We are delighted to win, anytime you win a Sigerson game you are very very happy but there is a long way to go yet.
“Obviously Jordanstown were an outstanding team and we knew we had to be on the top of our game to play them but sometimes you get the rub of the green.”
After limiting a star studded forward line that included Cillian O’Connor, Paddy McBrearty and, in Moyna’s opinion “probably the best of them” Kieron Hughes, to just ten points, the manager was quick to praise his defence.
“Our defence were outstanding. It’s a team game and obviously what other players do in other areas impacts on the amount of work our defence has to do, it really was a team approach.
“I think people have underestimated the quality of the players we have, we don’t have many household names but I think many of them will be in the near future” he said.
Moyna was also full of praise for his management team that includes Mick Bohan and Sean Boylan.
“We have a phenomenal management team, Mick Bohan has been with us since 2010, he has made an enormous difference and I think it’s important we recognise that.”
“Sean Boylan is Sean Boylan. The man’s a legend, we are all learning from him. It’s great to have him involved; it just enriches the experience the guys get playing in the club.”
Up next for DCU is the quarter final where they will face off with St Mary’s. Speaking about the game ahead Moyna said: “they are a very, very tough team, they play a very defensive brand of football, they’re extremely well coached by Paddy Tally, like any Sigerson game it will come down to the wire.”
Corner forward Enda Smith who scored two goals in the win over UUJ said he was “very happy” with his own performance and speaking about the upcoming game against St Mary’s the young Roscommon man said “it will be a tough enough game but we are looking forward to it.”