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UUJ must step it up to have any chance against DCU: McBrearty

By Declan Bogue

UUJ star Paddy McBrearty is demanding an improvement on last week's performance against Garda College ahead of their Round Two Sigerson Cup tie at home to defending champions DCU today (Jordanstown, 2pm throw-in).

Martin McHugh's men, hotly tipped as competition winners at the outset, were brought to extra-time by the Gards before pulling away in the end.

"We definitely have to go out with a better attitude. And we have to look at taking their key men out of the game," said McBrearty.

"They have a lot of top quality players throughout the team.

"We need to be way better than we were last week."

Jordanstown have been struggling with injuries up to this point. Fermanagh captain Eoin Donnelly has only recently become available, while Rory Brennan of Tyrone has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.

"Trying to get everyone to train at the same time is a problem because you have so many players involved in the county teams," explained McBrearty.

"If we lose, we are out and it's another year where Jordanstown haven't won a Sigerson."

DCU travel in confidence as defending champions. They have 2015 Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey, along with fellow Dublin players Michael Fitzsimons and Con O'Callaghan.

They are also managed by Dr Niall Moyna of Monaghan, a former Dublin backroom member, while McBrearty is not putting too much store in home comforts.

"Our record there hasn't been good the last couple of years and they won the Sigerson there last year so they won't be phased," he said.

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