Comerford, Bugler and Small continue DCU-Dubs link

24 June 2018; Evan Comerford of Dublin lifts the Delaney Cup following the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Laois at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin City University produced 16 GAA football players that were part of the Dublin panel’s record breaking All-Ireland success, more than any other university.

The DCU players, of past and present were key to the Dublin side that has now won the Sam Maguire for a 5th year in a row.

Current DCU players such as Evan Comerford, Sean Bugler and Paddy Small were all part of the Dublin panel, while also being part of the DCU side that won a fifth Sigerson Cup on January 29th.

Sean Bugler and Paddy Small both made their championship debuts for Dublin in the 1-16 0-13 victory over Tyrone, in the final game of the Super 8s. Bugler gave a man of the match performance, scoring 0-3 points, while Small also was on target for 0-2.

Despite his performance, Sean Bugler did not play in Dublin’s All-Ireland semi-final, showing how difficult and competitive it is in the Dublin panel.

“When we were coming through secondary school, you see the likes of Philly McMahon, Paul Flynn, all these great names who we looked up to, playing for DCU and winning Sigersons”, said Ballymun Kickham’s Evan Comerford.

“Seeing these players was an extra incentive to try and get to a college, like DCU.”

Comerford made his debut for Dublin against Longford in the Championship semi-final in 2018, after goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton had to be substituted 20 minutes into the match.

Comerford described the connection that DCU GAA has with the Dublin team as “crucial”. “It doesn’t matter what age you are, how many medals you have, whoever is playing the best football at the time is going to get the jersey.

“This pushes the younger players to be diligent, wait for your chance and when it comes, to take it”.

Bugler, Small and Comerford all came up through minors, under 21s and now to the senior Dublin panel and DCU GAA. “It’s a special connection, and it’s really nice to tie in both club and county in the one success story,” said Comerford.

Cian Dunne

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