Kildare vs DCU preview

Updated: February 17, 2012

Kildare and DCU face off in the final of the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup final in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise at 7.30pm on Friday.


The match was due to be played on the 28th of January, but a waterlogged pitch led to the game being postponed.

Kildare are the reigning champions after beating Louth 3-09 to 2-09 last year and Kieran McGeeney’s men will be favourites to beat DCU on Friday evening.

DCU won the O’Byrne Cup and Sigerson Cup in 2010 and remain on course to win the same double this season, with the college also in the semi-final of the Sigerson Cup next weekend.

Kildare reached the final after a 1-11 to 0-8 victory over Dublin in the semi-final. Eoghan O’Flaherty was sent off in the first period, but a 47th minute Ronan Sweeney penalty helped Kildare to victory.

DCU shocked Meath in the other semi-final, beating the Royal County 2-8 to 0-6 in Navan. DCU also boast the tournament’s joint top scorer in Dean Rock (0-15), while Kildare’s top scorer is Ronan Sweeney (2-6).

Since the original match was called off, both sides have been in competitive action.

Kildare have endured a disappointing start to the season. The Lilywhites lost 2-11 to 0-12 in their league opener against Tyrone, while their 0-17 to 0-12 loss to Monaghan last weekend included two brawls and resulted in a fine for the county board.

DCU started their Sigerson Cup campaign well by beating Cork Institute of Technology 0-11 to 0-8. The Dublin college then easily dispatched Dublin Institute of Technology by 1-14 to 0-7 on Wednesday evening, with stand-in forward Antóin McFadden scoring 1-1.

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