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Second Sigerson is Walshe's big target

By John Campbell

It was in his role as skipper of Dublin Institute of Technology that Colin Walshe launched his own hugely successful 2013 by leading the side to Sigerson Cup glory.

The honours came thick and fast after that – promotion to Division Two of the Allianz Football League and an Ulster title with Monaghan and then a coveted All Star award to crown his most memorable sporting year to date.

Today Walshe is hoping that he can take another big step towards a further helping of Sigerson glory only this time against a rather different backdrop.

The Doohamlet clubman will be a key figure in the UUJ side that will confront a strong UCD outfit in the semi-final at The Dub, a match to which he is looking forward immensely following the Jordanstown side's fine 1-9 to 1-6 win over the DIT side that he skippered last year.

"It's great to be involved in the closing stages of the Sigerson Cup with what I feel is a very strong UUJ side," states Walshe.

"We have excellent players like Mattie Donnelly, Chrissy McKaigue and Jamie Clarke in there and we are hopeful that we can reach the final. I enjoyed the success that DIT got last year but this UUJ side is full of potential and I feel they can deliver.

"We have a fine range of talent and it's great to be playing alongside boys who are among the best in the business," asserts Walshe.

"Obviously UCD too have their quota of county men and they have a great track record in the competition. They won't be too fazed by having to face us."

While Walshe's total focus this weekend will be on the Sigerson action at the The Dub, he is also keen to see Monaghan secure back to back promotions.

Malachy O'Rourke's team have three points from two games, their trouncing of Meath coming on the heels of a draw against Down.

In today's other Sigerson Cup semi-final UCC will face NUI Maynooth. Donegal's All-Ireland winning hot-shot Patrick McBrearty is among the big guns who will be on parade.

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