The Sigerson Cup brings together a wide array of inter-county players with the knockout format adding an extra layer of excitement to the competition. UCD are the reigning champions after they defeated NUIG by the narrowest of margins in last year’s final. Here’s a pick of some of the best players to watch in this years competition, which kicks-off this week.
Con O’Callaghan (UCD)
One of the mot high profile GAA players in the country will be aiming to help his college complete back to back Sigerson Cups. His club Cuala were competing for All-Ireland honours last year when the championship commenced but he has no such worries this year. The 22-year-old will be hoping to play a bigger role for UCD as they look to reach their fourth final in as many years.
Kieran Molloy (NUIG)
The Galway wing back became national news in February last year after getting a Garda escort from his club’s Corofin All-Ireland semi-final to his college’s final against UCD. Corofin reached and subsequently won the All-Ireland final while NUIG lost by the bare minimum. Molloy made his Galway debut against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat and is tipped for a big 2019.
Eoghan Bán Gallagher (UUJ)
The 22-year-old Donegal defender will be vital to his college if they are to enjoy a run deep in the Sigerson Cup. The attack minded corner back has become a mainstay in the Donegal defence since joining the squad in 2015.
UUJ last won the Sigerson Cup in 2008 and after their epic semi-final against UCD ended in defeat, they will be dark horses to win this competition for the sixth time. Gallagher will be central to their plans.
Sean O Shea (UCC)
The Kerry centre forward is one of Kerry’s finest youg players. With all the headlines and column inches surrounding David Clifford, it is easy to forget that O’Shea also enjoyed an excellent debut season with the Kingdom in 2018. The Kenmare attacker won a Munster title last year after starring in victories over Clare and Cork. If UCC are to progress deep in the competition then O’Shea will need to be in top form.
Shairoze Akram (DCU)
The Ballaghadareen man is looking to help DCU to their first Sigerson Cup title since 2015. The Dublin outfit have lost to the eventual champions in each of the three seasons since then. Akram will be looking to impress new Mayo manager James Horan with his performances this spring. The pacy half back has previously won a Fresher title with DCU and the knows that if he can consistently perform, he will not be too far off James Horan’s Championship squad.
Keelan Sexton (UL)
The Kilmurry-Ibrickane club man will be eager to help UL progress deep in to the competition after succumbing to UUJ in the quarter finals last year. Sexton played minor, U21 and senior with Clare in the same year and is now an established member of the Banner outfit. He will be hoping to guide the Casletroy based college past the challenge of DIT in the first round and help his college reach the semi-final as they did in 2017.
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