By Jessica Ní Mháirtín
IT Tralee 1-7
Enda Flanagan’s 25th and 26th minute goals were more than enough as the DIT senior footballers proved all too strong for a weakened IT Tralee side in the Sigerson cup quarter-final at Austin Stacks Park on Tuesday night.
In what can only be described as horrendous conditions, the Dubliners led 0-5 to 0-2 in the freezing cold before the Cavan native bagged his first major. With his second coming less than 60 seconds later, DIT went into the break 10 points clear after also striking the post in the opening half.
The Kerry side, who never quite found their feet were forced into substituting centre back Gavin Crowley at the break who appeared to be labouring a leg injury. Tralee were also made do without Kerry superstar David Clifford who also picked up an injury while on county duty against Mayo at the weekend.
Should Clifford and Crowley have played the 60 minutes, this game may not have been as scripted but DIT’s dominance continued into the second half, immediately forcing a brilliant save from Conor Hurley in the Tralee goal just after the restart. However DIT netted a third and final goal mid-way through the second half, coming from the unlikely source of corner back Andrew McGowan. With this the game was all but over.
Other notable players for DIT including Mayo county star Conor Loftus and former Dublin u21 Glenn O Reilly were also on target scoring one and two points respectively. An impressive 5 points from play courtesy of corner forward Shane Dempsey ensured the scoreboard stayed ticking over. A consolation goal 5 minutes from the end from substitute Daniel O Keefe was all that brought a cheer from the home crowd. It finished with a 16 point victory for DIT that really could have been more.
DIT march on, despite being without Dublin county player and scholarship recipient Brian Howard who has opted to sit out of Sigerson cup football. The panel that did represent will be extremely happy with their progress thus far.
This is the latest impressive victory for the senior footballers. Liam Brosnan’s men saw of IT Carlow in the previous fixture by 6 points and have conceded just one goal in the entire competition.
While UCD remain the bookies favourite for the competition, DIT, who won the competition in 2013, have proven they can be more than a match for any side, showing incredible firepower and talent. They will face NUIG in the semi-final, who were underdogs as they beat UCC in their respective quarter final, on Tuesday 13th February.
DIT: L Stacey, A McGowan (1-1), B Power, R Shanahan, D McAllister, R O’Brien, B Maher, T Corcoran (0-1), S Hurley (0-3, 2fs), E Flanagan (2-1), C O’Reilly (0-2), C Howley (0-1), C Loftus (0-1), G O’Reilly (0-2), S Dempsey (0-5)
DIT sub: C Pearson for McAllister, K O’ Gara for G O’Reill, L Hughes for Corcoran, C Madden for C O’Reilly, G O’Reilly for B Maher
IT Tralee: C Hurley, E Marah, C Kearney, B Fitzgerald, J Morgan, G Crowley, D Spillane (0-1), S Cronin, G Babstible, A Mccarthy, C Lowney, C O’Driscoll (0-4, 3fs), S Cournane, P Clarke (0-1), D Kennedy
IT Tralee subs: G McKenna for Spillane, D O’Keefe (1-1, 1f) for Crowley, C Lynch for Kennedy, D Maher for Marah, C Smith for McCarthy, M Quigley for Cronin