A star-studded DCU side captured the Higher Education Senior Football League Division 1 (Ryan Cup) silverware with a 0-16 to 1-7 victory over NUI Galway in Tubberclair this afternoon.
At the end of a keenly-contested opening period at the Westmeath GAA club grounds, the eventual winners led by the minimum margin, 0-6 to 0-5, with Offaly All-Ireland U20 winner Jack Bryant and Robert Finnerty - lining out against his former university - prominent in attack for Paddy Christie's charges.
A 55th minute Tomo Culhane goal via the penalty spot brought the Galway students right back into contention after they had fallen six points behind but DCU reeled off the last three scores to win comfortably in the end.
Next up for DCU is a Sigerson Cup opening round clash away to Maynooth University in seven days' time, while NUI Galway face University Ulster.
Ryan Cup (Senior Football Division One) Final result 🏆🏆🏆@DCUDocEirGAA 0-16 @nuiggaa1 1-7— DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA Club (@DCUDocEirGAA) January 4, 2022
A strong accomplished performance from our lads throughout @HigherEdGAA @ElectricIreland @ballymore @DCU pic.twitter.com/tjvn9BhCkz
Upcoming Sigerson Cup fixtures
Tuesday 11 January
IT Carlow v Letterkenny IT, IT Carlow, 7pm
UL v IT Sligo, UL, 7pm
TUD v St Mary's, Belfast, Grangegorman, 7pm
Maynooth University v DCU, Maynooth University North Campus, 7pm
Wednesday 12 January
NUI Galway v Ulster University, TBC, 7pm
MTU Cork v UCC, TBC, 7pm
MTU Kerry v UCD. TBC, 7pm