No less than five Cavan players could feature in tomorrow's Sigerson Cup Final after their college team DIT put in a superb giant killing performance over DCU in today's first semi-final.
They beat DCU 1-11 to 0-9 in this afternoon's clash at Athlone IT. David Givney put in a man of the match display at the centre of the park alongside Mayo midfielder Aidan O'Shea. Givney was instrumental in securing a four point half time lead over the pre-tournament favourites by bombing over two huge 45 metre points from play and claiming some memorable catches. He will be key to DIT's chances of winning the Sigerson final tomorrow. It promises to be a massive weekend for Givney for he has also been named to play for Ulster in Sunday's final of the Railway Cup against Leinster.
The decisive moment in today's semi-final came with about when Bernard Allen from Offaly found the DCU net past goalkeeper James Farrelly of Kingscourt. That score made it 1-10 to 0-7.
There is huge Cavan interest in DIT's progress in the Sigerson given there's five Breffni men in the squad. In addition to Givney, Ross Sheridan, started at wing half back, and contributed a great point from play, while his Killygarry teammate, Martin Reilly started at wing half forward.
On the DIT bench were Stephen Cooney (Castlerahan) and Conor Martin (Lavey).
Athlone IT, the host team, featuring Shercock's Killian Clarke at fullback and Cavan county player and Cavan Gaels man Levi Murphy at wing-back, were well beaten by UCC in today's otehr semi-final.
At halftime UCC lead 0-11 to 1-3 as UCC proved too powerful for Athlone, for whom Killian Clarke and Levi Murphy played well. AIT started brightly with a James McGibney goal, but the Corkmen soon took charge. UCC ended the game with 11 points to spare, winning 1-20 to 1-09.
Meanwhile in Corn na MacLeinn Cup semi played earlier in Athlone, Cavan Institute, managed by Shane McCabe and Bryan Bates, lost to Southern Regional College by a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-9.
In today's Trench Cup semi-final St Pat's Drumcondra beat Marino College. Playing for St Pat's was Butlersbridge's Feargal Flanagan and Kevin Donohoe, from Drumalee, who came on and scored a point. Playing for Marino were two Killeshandra men, fullback Colm Duffy and full forward Cein Sweeeney.
In tomorrow's Trench Cup final St Pat's will face reigning champions Blanchardstown IT, also in Athlone.
There's a Cavan link with Blanchardstown as well as Oisin O'Connell from Castlerahan plays in the full forward line and they are coached by former county manager, Val Andrews and Ronan Keaskin from Knockbride.