DIT crowned All Ireland Freshers Football Champions 2010

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8th April 2010

DIT etched their name on the Higher Education Freshers Trophy for 2010 after overcoming Cork IT on a score line of 2-14 to 2-8 last Thursday.  First half goals from DIT’s Andrew Tormey and Ciaran Martin were the catalyst for victory as DIT captured their second HE Freshers Football Championship title in three years with the six point win in the Garda Training College Grounds, Templemore.

The team's path to the final has not been an easy one but impressively they have cleared every hurdle that has been put in front of them like a champion horse at Cheltenham.   After impressively overcoming defending champions DCU in the first round of the championship in Grangegorman, DIT immediately became one of the favorites to recapture the crown they last held in 2008.  Next time out Sligo IT put up a feeble challenge and was destroyed at the quarter-final stage in a one-sided affair but much tougher was to come for the group of first year students.  DIT were pushed all the way by a very determined Queen's side in the semi-final and if they cleared the previous two hurdles comfortably, this one was crossed wearily with a heavy stumble.  DIT took a six-point advantage midway through the second half but the northern outfit refused to roll over and die and against all-odds forced the tie into extra time.  However, DIT dug deep to carve a hard earned-victory and secure their place in the championship decider on a score-line of 2-14 to 3-09.

In the lead up to the final, team captain Aidan O'Shea (Mayo), admitted he was really looking forward to the match after weeks of preparation and waiting. "Yeah, I can't wait for the final, fresher is a once off and to have a chance to win it is great," he said.   College football though is not all about winning and the O’Shea said that joining the GAA club is a superb way to settle into the college social scene. "Well I think playing football is the perfect way to interact and get to know people in the same college with the same interests," he stated.  

DIT Fresher Panel:

Paddy Collum

Longford

Engineering

Danny Byrne

Kildare

Engineering

Conor Martin

Cavan

Leisure Management

Patrick Carroll

Cavan

Leisure Management

Sean Swords

Dublin

Business Studies

Ciaran Martin

Westmeath

Science

Kevin Naughton

Roscommon

Business Studies

Shane McGivney

Meath

Engineering

Steven Cooney

Cavan

Engineering

Kevin Mallon

Meath

Engineering

Colin Walshe

Monaghan

Science

Dara Nelson

Dublin

Business Management

Mark McCormack

Meath

Planning & Environmental Management

Paul McLoughlin

Wicklow

Engineering

Kieran Delaney

Laois

Engineering Systems Maintaince

Mark Kenny

Wicklow

Construction Management

James Cafferty

Mayo

Accounting & Finance

Conor Walsh

Dublin

Business Management

Shane O'Connor

Dublin

Accounting & Finance

Ciaran Reddin

Dublin

Business & Computing

Andrew Tormey

Meath

Property Economics

Graham Guilfoyle

Offaly

Building Services Engineering

Padraig McKeever

Meath

Construction Management

Ian Coffey

Westmeath

Supply Chain Logistics

Aidan O'Shea

Mayo

Supply Chain Logistics

Aidan Byrne

Wexford

Retail Enterprise Management

Brendan Halpin

Wexford

Business Studies

Conor Devereux

Meath

Business Management

Barry Hamilton

Louth

Science

Jeremy Mahon

Laois

Science

Bernard Allen

Offaly

Leisure Management

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