DCU full-back Brendan McCole insists that nothing will come easy for DCU as they open their Sigerson Cup campaign at home to An Garda College tomorrow afternoon in St Clare’s.
This will be McColes third season with the Sigerson panel after captaining the DCU Fresher team to League and championship All-Ireland glory back in 2017.
McCole was initially called into the Sigerson squad by Niall Moyna for the 2018 campaign, but since then DCU have failed to progress pass the quarter final stage of the championship, losing out to UCD on both occasions.
“We are always learning from every game, even if we win or lose. I think the league gave us a good insight on where we are as a team, we are there abouts, but we know that we have a lot more to work on,” said McCole.
DCU will go into the match on Sunday as hot favourites, with even many speculating on giving the North Dublin college good odds in this years’ championship due to the Sigerson final being held in St Clares and with DCU getting what many believe to be an easier draw in the campaign compared to other years. However, McCole refuted this claim.
“Nothing is easy about Sigerson championship, every round you will be facing a new challenge with top players, even if you look at last season, we just about got past the Garda college, so we will be giving them the respect they deserve and take nothing for granted,” said the Donegal full-back.
In the first round McCole will also come up against the man he stands in front of when playing for Donegal, goalkeeper Shaun Patton, who was arguably the form goalkeeper in 2019, and had it not been for the brilliance of Stephen Cluxton, he may have well finished the decade with an all-star award to his name.
DCU overcame both Carlow IT and UCD by significant margins in the league, however, were eliminated by Ulster University in the semi-final, who eventually went on to win the All-Ireland league.
It will be of interest to see the starting fifteen Paddy Christie will go with for the opening match after shuffling around his panel throughout the league campaign. McCole however will no doubt be one of the starting players alongside the likes of Carlow’s Jordan Morrissey, Roscommon’s Brian Stack, Leitrim’s Mark Plunkett and Dublin’s Evan Comerford, Sean Bugler and Stephen Smith.
If DCU defeat An Garda college, they will take home advantage in the quarter final against either Queens University or TU Dublin.
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